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VOL. 172 No. 9 



NEW YORK, WEDNESDAY. NOVEMBER 3, 1948 



PRICE 25 CENTS 



RADIO'S YEAR-ROUND 'BIG TIME' 



Columbia 'Gem of the Airwaves' If 
Benny, Harris-Faye, Bergen Coup Jells 



GBS board chairman William S.*' 
Palex . has. ■ been burning the |i 
jiiidniight oil over the past 481 
Iiours waiting for a couple of fate- I 
full phone calls which, should' 
- they materialise, would practically 
clinch the Columbia appellation as 
the "Gem of the Airwaves." 

In a succession. of . maneuvers^ 
involving Music Corp. of America 
^eals so imminent that CBS was 
expecting its decisions on jMon- ^ 
day (D. but was still "holding the 
line" jcsterday (Tues.), it would 
practically result in a switchover i 
of. NBC'^ Sunday night sock par- , 
lay of comedic talents to CBS. i 

Columbia execs frankly confess 
that they all may not jell (al- 
though they may know one way , 
or the other within the next 24 
,houi-s), but if it should, this would 
be the new Sunday night CBS ^ 
Wnoup: ' 
„ At 7 o'clock. Jack Benny and 
his Lucky 'Strike program. ■ 

At 7:30, Phil Harris and Alice 
Faye. 

V At 8 o'clock, Edgar Bergen. : I 
At 8:30, Amos 'n' Andy. ! 
To achieve such a sequence, it 
Would involve moving Amos 'n' 
. ■ (Continued on page 55) I 



Idle Film 

Hollywood,'Nov. 2. 

There's a flock of idle film 
out Jiere. It's the recently 
acquired batch of one, two, and. 
three-reelers made for televi- 
sion by both established and 
hastily formed indie film firms. 

Tlio pictures are finished, in 
the can, and open at both ends. 
Sponsors, via their agencieSj 
haven't touched them. 

The reels are simply laying 
on the shelf. They're called 
"dustgetters." 



Ontario Nix on Robeson 
Pic, as 'Too American/ 
Protested in Toronto 

Toronto, Nov. 2. 

Civil Rights Union here is up 
ill arms over the alleged banning 
in Ontario of "Native Land," in 
vhich narrative and songs are by ^ 
Paul -Robeson. ;! 

O. J. Silvcrthorne, cCnsor board 
chairman, says the 85-minute film 
has not been "banned." But the 
censorship board regulations cover 
■public .showings of films submit- 
ted by a licensed film exchange : 
only, and this has not been done : 
in tlie case of "Native Land." I 

Jefferson Hiirley, executive sec- j 
retary oC the Civil Rights Union,] 
s.aid th.it Silvcrthorne verbally , 
turned 'lown the film for Ontario 
showings because, dealing with 
the Ku Klux Klan, reputed vigi- 
lante shootings of Southern share- 
croppcr.s. and attempts of "labor 
spies" to smash unions, it was 
"too American in subject matter." 



KAYE REPEATS SOCK AT ! 
COMMAND APPEARANCE 

London, Nov 2 
Danny Kaye, who stormed Lon- 
don earlier this year during his 
stand at the Palladimn. ropoated 
.his snia.sh:- before royalty al the,, 
Command Performance last nigiit 
iV. Tlie U. S. coiiiic liold the stage 
for 30 minutes, twice as long as , 
the time allotted oUier acts on the ■ 
sliow. He even had tlie royal fam- 
ily joining in on a- chorus of ''Win- ! 
nio the IMoocher." 
The Command Performance, fori 
Continued on page 62) ' 



Aga Khan Into 
PixBizViaEL 

The. Aga Khan, spiritual leader 
of 70,000,000 Ismaili Moslems and 
reputedly one of the three richest 
men in the world, is taking a flyer 
in films. Through his representa- 
tivCj A. Zapelli, now in the Ui S., 
the Khan is closing with Eagle 
Lion for a joint distribution-pro- 
duction tieup in six European 
countries. Understood that the deal 
will, in all likelihood, be closed 
within a few days. 

Involved in negotiations are 
franchise rights to EL pix in 
France; Spain, Italy, Switzerland,; 
Germany and Austria. While de- 
tails are not available, it's under- 
stood that the films will be dis- 
tributed by a syndicate headed by 
the Khan with offices set up in 
LausannBi Switzerland. 

Films will be handled by the 
group on a percentage basis. Be- 
cause EL wants hard currency 
(Continued on page.55) 

JOHN aRFIELD LIKELY 
FOR NEW ODETS PLAY 

John Garfield is leaving for the 
Coast today (Wed.) after a quick 
vibit to N. Y. to discuss a Broad- 
wav play this season. It's by Clif- 
ford Odets, titled "Big Knife" (for- 
merly "A Winter Journey"), which 
Harold Clurman was to produce. 
Clurman has now bowed out, with 
another producer coming into the 
picture. Only hitch (as of last 
night) to Garfield's participation is 
fact that he wants to leave the 
play in June, to go to Europe for 
two nioijtljsVwkile ■ produ 
him on ' a rah-of4he-play cbntraet, 
Lee Strasbcrg is set to stage the 
p'ay. 

Play is reported to be a bold 
yarn about a Hollywood wriler and 
loo hot, therefore, for filming, so 
no film rights are involved. The- 
matic material, reportedly, is an 
extension ofi ideology in Odets' 
■Golden Boy," in which play, inci- 
dentally. Garfield also appeared. 

Garfield is definitely determined 
(Continued on page 53) 



s 





TO OFFSET TELE 

NBC and CBS have set into mo- 
tion almost simultaneously one of 
the most sweeping program policy, 
revisions in many years. It repre- 
sents the most ambitious attempt 
yet to give radio- a "year roundV, 
bigtime flavor designed to keep the 
Hoopers rolling in August as they 
do in December. It also marks the 
major thrust to date in the des- 
perate attempt by the networks to 
"protect radio" and its advertising 
during tlie transition into tele-, 
vision. ,• 

In efl^ect, CBS and NBC areeas' 
ing their tight ban on transcripr 
tions and have formulated indi- 
vidual program patterns in a bid 
to, get the top comics and other 
programs to remain . on the air for 
52 weeks a year, with transcribed 
repeats during their summer: lay- 
off. As characterized by one . top 
network exec, it's the "beginning I 
of the end" so far as the transcrip- 
tion ban is concerned.; .. 
. CBS has already pitched up its 
new policy to the agencies and cli- 
ents, sending out notices this week. 
(Continued on page 34) 



Billy Rose Cashed In on Met Problems 
But Where s Our Cut?-Johnson 



* What Next? 

New Haven, Nov. 2. 
As part of his coaching 
equipment, Yale's . football 
mentor; Herman Hiokman, has 
a video set in operation at his 
bench post 'during the big 
games. 

This enables him to- spot 
considerable action that he 
can't get from his position on 
the ground floor. 



FINAL DETAILS 
AWAITED ON 
DISKPEACE 

The American Federation of 
j Musicians and the recording com^ 
! panies have not as yet dispatched 
I to the fiepartment of Justice the 
details of ■ the plan they agreed 
upon unexpectedly, last week for 
settlement of the recording ban. 
So far, the work of putting the en- 
tire idea in presentable, form has 
not been completed. And none of 
I the recording executives will even 
I hazard a guess as to when record- 
|ing will be resumed, since that 
I depends entirely upon liow. fast 
j the wheels of the Ju.'itice division 
1 move once it's served with the 
! papers. 

. It had been Tumored that disking 
'. (Continued on page H7j 



Authors League 
Television Pkge. 

Authors League of America tele- 
vision program, using dramatic, lit- 
erary, radio and possibly some film 
properties, is' being built by Music 
Corp. of America for presentation 
to prospective sponsors. Budget for 
the show hasn't been set, but un- 
derstood the deal will call for pay- 
ment of a fee to the League and 
to the writer whose work is used. 

Another pitch for a somewhat 
similar series has been made to 
the Dramatists Guild, an affiliate 
of the League, by Ernie Ricca, free- 
lance radio and television producer- 
director, and Bud Fishel, radio 
seripter-editor. It would concen- 
trate on legit script properties but 
be open for literary and radio ma- 
terial. 



t Billy Rose, says Edwai^d John- 
son, has made money out of th» 
Metropolitan Opera Assn.'s finan- 
cial problems-^by using them for 
material in his columns, : on 'the 
air, and in articles in Look and 
Collier's. "But he hasn't given u< 
a dime of it," wails the Met's «en- , 
eral manager. 

Discussing- for the first time 
Rose's criticisms of the Met and 
its management, Johnson declined 
to answer Rose's charges, saying 
they couldn't be taken seriously by 
anyone knowing the Met's setup 
or its history. Johnson did take 
Rose to task for smearing the Mett9 
board of directors — a group of 
volunteers, said Johnson, who are 
doing a. civic job, gratis. "He can 
throw stones at us, the professional 
workers," said Johnson, "but it 
was unfair, to knock the board." 
Johnson also pointed out that Rose 
"finally ended fighting our battle." 
by stumping for $20,000,000 to be 
raised for a new opera house. "We 
want that, too," said Johnson. 

Subscription renewals this sea- 
son are already equal to List year, 
said Johnson,, and-' may even ex- 
ceed that. "That's the best vote 
(Continued on. page 55) 



TV COMPELS FASTER 
NEWSREEL DISTRIB 

Move to speed up the release of 
newsreels to theatres because of 
the mounting pressure of television 
competition is now under way. 
Major distribs' newsreel commit- 
teCi chairmaned by Oscar Morgan 
of Paramounti is meeting tomorrow 
(Thurs.) with the expectation of 
immediate action. Speedup will be 
concentrated in. the New York 
metropolitan area- for the time be- 
ing. 

Under discussion will be a pro- 
(Continucd on page 55) 



200 Hollywood Lambs 
Form Coast Branch; 
Friars Ban Non-Pros 

Hollywood, Nov. 2. 
Formation of a Coast branch ol 
the Lambs Club is under way, with 
200 members currently living in 
this sector, and the number con- 
stantly increasing. 

Local members have been, meet- 
ing informally for some time and - 
have been .authorised to form a 
new branch;' ' ; 

Hollywood's Friars Club, as a re- 
sult of the financial success of its 
recent Frolic, is closing its rolls to 
I lay membership. Currently the 
I membership consists of approxi- 
I mntely two and a half lay brethren 
i to one professional, 
i Under the. new plan, announced 
I by Jonie Taps, membership chair- 
I man, no lay members will be ad- 
I mitted as the old ones drop out. 
, The idea is to build a preponder* 
lanee ol show people. 



THE HOUR of CHABM 



A ■at ^ • V 1 m t jr • Under the Direction of 

All Girl Orchestra ana Choir vhu spuainy 



CURRENT CONCtERT TOUR^ 



Nov. 9, BIRiMINGHA.^ ALA. 

" 10, JACKSON, MISS. 

" 11, SHREVEPOBT, LA. 

" 12, NEW ORLEANS, LA. 

" 13, NEW ORLEANS, LA. 

" 14, HOUSTON, TEXAS 



Nov. 15, COLLEGE STA., TEX. 
" 16, ABILENE, TEXAS 
" 17, AlVIARILLO, TEXAS 
" 18, WICHITA FALLS, " 
" 19, ENID, OKLA. 
" 21, SIOUX FALLS, S. D. 



Nov. 22, FARGO, N. DAK. 

" 23, GRAND FORKS, N.D. 

" 24, ROCHESTER, MINN. 

" 25, ST. PAUL, MINN. 

" 26, TOPEKA, KANS. 

" 28, DETROIT, MICH. 

" 29, CH'RLST'N, W. VA. 



MISCELI^W 



%«<Ine8fI(iy, NoTcmlier 9, 194S 



Televbion Starting to Pay Off As 
A Prime Sliowcase for Hollywood 



Television, as a full showcase for* 
the personalities only half revealed 
radio, has opened a new talent 
highroad to Hollywood. This video 
facet came into play about six 
months ago when major film com- 
pany talent scouts Initially began 



Hope Injures Leg 

Hollywood, Nov. 2. 

Bob Hbiw/ rwnhing^ ia prop 

garigplank on s^t of "Easy ; Does 

It," missed his footing to injured 

a leg muscle, a blood clot forming, 

to pay close attention to new faces ; He will be bedded for a tew days 

on tiie new medium. Since then, ' while pic sbpota around him. 

flv-o vniintf thpsnpi s have been 1 airshoW Is unaffected, since 

five young tliespeis nave p«en i ^^^^^.^^ ^^.^^ ^^^1^^^ ^^^^^ ^j^^, 

tagged by Hollywood as promising jjon anyway. 

film prospects. i 

Gunning for talent on TV has 
■everal unique advantages not 
present in the legitimate theatre, 
the current major hunting ground 
for film players. Firstly, according 
to the talent scouts, television is 
closely alcin to the screen mediuni 
In projecting personalities within 
♦ two-dimensional framework; 
further electronic improvements. 
It's held, will delineate the figures 
on a TV screen with such clarity 
and definition that, conceivably, ex- 
pensive special screen tests may 
be eliminated for testing photo- 
genic qualities, 



Attorneys Heed Jurist, 
Leslie Case Privately 

Hollywood, Nov; 2.' - 
; Surprise iu^gestipn by Federal 
Judge Ben Harrisc;h: quicWy ended 
prfe-trial hearlftgs in Joan' Leslie's 
$2,'7OO,0OO libel suit against War- 
ntsrs. 'Attorneys for both sides ih- 
dicated they'll qulcltly heed Jurist's 
suggestioin that inatter. Can be ,set^ 
tied, out of court. Latter comment- 
Secondly, viewing talent on ' ed that matters of this sort can 




video is easy and inexpensive. Lat 
ter item is no small consideration, 
moreover, in. these economy-mind- 
ed days. With most of the major 



be worked out amicably . without 
recourse to courts and attendant 

anti-Hollywood publicity. 
Actress charged studio libeled 



company talent departments ban- her, injuring her name in film biz 
ning the usual o.o. of the btiaw- by clianging star bUling to featured 
hat circuit last summer to save billing in "Two Guys From Mil- 
travel and hotel expenses, new waukee," Suit is in addition to 
video shows kept them busy in ' that filed in Washington to rehear- 

fjw York during that period, ing of breach-of-contract suit, 
atching video in- the parlor also 
wears more easily on the nervous I Mtt't Wkitinn Fvife Tliih 1 S 
•ystem than nightly catching trains IWg t iVniling fiXllS tlUD 13 
to tank-town theatres. 

Boris Kaplan, Paramount's east- 
ern talent chief, remarked that 
video has opened a "whole new 
field of observation for actors and 
actresses. Talent has to be seen; 
and I don't care whether it's a 2d 
avenue loft, a Broadway theatre 
or a television screen,, just so long 
as it provides an opportunity to 
rate potentialities." 

Five All Set 

Directly linking tip video as a ' 

{howcase for film talent, Lester ; 
.ewis' show on ABC-TV, "Holly- 
wood Screen Test," has already i 
paid oil with five Hollywood pacts j 
for the program participants. Rita.' 
Colton and Jean Biegger have been 
optioned by Hal Wallis; Olive Sta- 
cey is currently undergoing further 
20th-Fox screen tests; Joel Marstoii 
has: been signed by Steve Brotdy , 
Allied Artists chief ; and Robert 
Quarry was pacted by Ted Jen^ 
nock, Paramount newsreel cxrc, 
for a documentary role. Also higli- 
lighting legit possibilities, , Monica 
Lang, after a television appear- 
ance, was cast into the , Playrights 
Co.'s production of "Anne of the 
. Thousand Days," and Bob Lieb, 
assistant director, was ^ven a bit 
role in "Harvey." 

Kaplan, : hdwever, accented once 
again that Hollywood was eschew- 
ing large-scale inking of talent. 



340th Week! 

3,415 Performance! 

; ■• All-time, Ibn.^ ;.ruii:; rticord ''tn 
th(! leKltimate theatre. 

KEN MURRAY'S 

•'BLACKOUTS OF 1948" 
El Capitan, Theatre,: Hollywood, Cal, 

And now in world-wide release- 

"BILL AND COO" 

Ken Murray's 
.Aeademy Awai^ .'Film 



ToProduceinN.Y., 
Not in HoHy wood 

By IIERB GOLDEN 

■ 'Romfe, iCJct. -a'e/. ^^- 
Roberto Rpssellinii; a<:6 Italian 
producer r director, is planning "a 
> I visit to New York in Decembet. t^ 
o.b.:iiie potentialities ibr tnakihg 
_ , , 4 II ir 1 , a film , t h ere , he disclosed to 

rnir WlaiririaJffi-N Y LeffUi"^'^''iETY this week, RosselUni, who 
tUI lTMIIiaSC-11.1. I^CgH^^^ repeated offers from top 
Hollywood, Nov. 2., \ American indies and majors to 
:\Iargaret Whiting, featured on ■ come to the film capital, said he'd 
the "Club 15" radio series for hke to make a picture in the U. S. 
Campbell's Soup, is quitting the but not in Hollywood. He feels that 
show in January to move to New production in New York may be 
York. She hopes to get a Broad- 'the solution. 

way musical and will probably do i ..doing to Hollywood," the meg- 
there ^ ^'"^ S.er explained In his extremely 



sketchy English, ''would ..mean 



Singer is to marry Hubbell Rob- ;.iearning my trade all over again 



inson, CBS program v p. Latter's 
wife, radio-film writer Theresc 
I Terry) Lewis, is currently in 
Reno for a divorce. 



There's tod rhlich system ■ttteref-^ 
a sy stem with ' Which I'm entiirely 
unfamiliar and under which I can't 
arid don't want to; work. I've made 
top niahy piGtUres:tb sta^^^ 
.begi'nniiig :/agaih.",' ■,'„■; , ■'' ■ ■ , 
'■, RosseUirii, .whose,' .Italian -^^ 
"Open City" ' was the alltime top 
.foreign-language moneymaker in: 
Upswing in the boxoffice during the U. S. and whose "PaJsan" is 

August Is noticeable from admis- ' f""f eighth month at 
. , _ 1 J , 4. 1 the World, N. Y,, said he'd be glad 

sions tax figures reported last , to take up the recent offers of 
week by the Bureau of Internal Samuel Goldwyn, David O. Selz- 
fievenue. September tax coUec- | nick and other Yanli producers to 
lions, based, with few exceptions, i make films either In New York or 



Tax Dept. Reports 

Upped Aug. B.O. 

Washington, Nov. 2. 



on August biz, were a handsome 
$35,933,211. 'This was nearly 
$2,000,000 ahead of the $34,141,- 
294 figure for the preceding 
month. Nevertheless, business was 
off from August of record-break- 
ing 1947. Uxtcle Sam.'s . share , of 
that month was a fat $37,068,543. 
Best estimates here are that 



Italy, but that they must accept 
(Continued on page 65) 



Mason to Narrate 

'Bovary' as Author 

Hollywood, Nov. 2. 
Ja lives Mason signed a one-pic- 

.1.6 x.in.1115 ui. laic.jL. . ,. . ,, | tufc dcal wlth Metro for the rolc 

Actors are being signed only for ^} S.^'^^^ trom the of Guslave Flaubert in the Jenni- 

•pecific character or specialty roles . ■ „ 'f? boxoffice remainder fcr joncs starrer, "Madame Bov- 
these days, he said. "We are ex- ' covering the w'orks from legit, I ary." British thesp will appear 
crcising more discrimination in ' ""'onsn "PO"* to dancehalls. , only in the prolog and epilog but 
the, selection of screen players," I The government also collected , will function as off-screen narrator, 
he said, adding quality films will $4,617,957, representing a 20% 1 As the voice of Flaubert, author 
Hrow out of Hollywood's Increasing ; bite on the nitery tabs of August, I of the story. Mason will play a key 
ilscrimination in other production 1948. This was a slight improve- , role although it will require only 
aspects, I ment over th« $4,509,041 of the } eight or 10 days' work. 

' preceding month, but lagged con- : With Mason and Miss Jones in 

•m^ ... , -r.. - ^ . rw. , sidcraWy behind the $5,181,324 the picture, they will both be at 
BntlSh Lion- Quarter To 1 levy on August, 1947, nightclub , liberty later to costar in "Trilby" 



N.Y. on a Wanger Deal? 

; London, Nov. 2. 
Sir Arthur Jarratt; managing di- 
rector of British Lion Films, pror 
ducer Herbert WUcox, his Wife 
Anna Neagle and actot- Michael 
Wilding sailed for the U. S. Sat- 
urday (30) aboard the Queen Eliza- ' 
beth. It is believed their visit is ' 
In connection with a production,; 
deal with Walter Wanger. i 
Britishers w^ill also line up U. S. : 
distribution for a trio of Imperadio ! 
films, including the latest Neagle- j 
Wilding Starrer, "Elizabeth ol 
Ladymead." Other two are "Court- 
neys of Curzoij Sfi'eet" and "Spring 
In Park Lane." Latter picture 
grossed more than $1,800,000 here 
on its recent release. 

Quartet will stay in New York | 
♦bout one week and then return i 
to 'London. - ) 



business. 



for Je!5se L. Lasky. 



H wood's lack of Courage 

"No guts" seems to be a general anti-ITollywoOd paen by the ' 
\oung-blood players, directors and producers When they come to 
' Broadway and sound off. Some of the opinion, coming frolri sea- 
soned talent, is quite vociferous in expressing the fact that "Holly- 
wood is killing itself ofT with not daring to do the different." 

The criticism runs the gamut from attacks on the Johnston 
oil ice technique of hamstringing "vigorous" ideas in plot or moti- 
vation, to the fact that some of the studio toppers are ,so cohceitied 
about protecting the status quo that few dare anything different. 
"It's rare when a Zanutk essays a "Ge^jH-eman's Agreement," ob- 
serves one. "When they tackle a 'Lost Weekend' it sure pays off, 
so why must all ideas be so formula?" complains a topnotch pro- 
ducer who yens to do something different but finds himself stale- 
mated by the front office. ; 

Seat of the trouble, according to the L. A.-to-N. Y.'ers, lies in 
Hollywood's fear of censprsliip from all sources, Which was cli- 
maxed by the Communist probe last year. Situation is So tight 
-today -that the studios are wary of turning out anything but es* 
capist Aims. The. way the industry adheres so closely to its own 
Production Code is also blocking any attempts to turn out more 
virile pix, it's stressed. • > ■ ,m i , , 



This Week's Football 



1 I "By MARTY GUCKMAN 

(SfMrti Direcfor af WMOM, N. 

COLLEGE ' . 

EAST' '■ 

*GAMES SELECTION tPOINTS 
Stanford- Army , Army 20 

Cadets headed for undefeated season. 
Boston V-Fordham , Boston %t 

Fordham stepping out of its class. 
City CoUexe-Brooklyn CoIIcKO Brooklyn B 

Anything can happen — and usually does. 
Colsate-Cornell ..Cornell 13 

Cornell has two Of the' best backs In the east in Fleischman 

and Miller. 

Columbia-Dartmouth Dartmouth 7 

It's the same old story. Too much depth for Kusserow, Ros- 
sides and Co. 

Holy Cross-Duquesne Holy Cross 14 

The Crusaders under Bill Osmanski are building. 
NYU-Geore^etown (Frl. nite) Georgetown 26 

Why do they keep scheduling the tough ones if they aren't , 

prepared to meet them on even terms. 

Harvard-Princeton Princeton 6 

, • .The winner will emerge as the champion of the Big Three. 
Lafayette-Ruteers Rutgen 7 

Rutgers has been playing in faster company. 
Penn State-Penn Penn State 13 

The game of the day in tiie east-~two unbeaten teams, 
Syracuse-Temple Syracuse 7 

Syracuse hasn't won one since opening day. It's due. 



SOUTH 

Rice- Arkansas Arkansas 13 

The Owls have been having a rough time of it. Arkansas still 

has Clyde Scott. ' 
Mississippi State- Auburn State . 19 

Auburn has only one win so far this season. State too toughi 

Texas-Baylor Baylor 1 

; A tight ball game but Baylor's Bears are protecting an 

unbeaten record. 

Furman-Clemson Clemson 32 

Clemson imdefeated and untied, way out of Furraan's class. 
Wake Forest-Duke . . Wake Forest 6 

Upset! Strictly a hunch. 
GcorKla-Florida .Georgia' 14 

Only North Carolina has beaten Georgia, and only by 7 points. 
Tennessee-Georgia Tech . Tech 13 

Georgia 'lech will be the Southeastern Conference champ. 
Villanova-Kentucky ... Kentucky 7 

Tough pick. Kentucky is at home, though. 
La. State-Vandcrbilt . ... . Vauderbilt . 13 

LSU, with a new coach in Gaynell Tinsley, is starting from 
■■■scratch., ■..,■,■.,,■ , , .■.■,,...•,■.■■■,■■,.■■,■■,:,.,■, 
William & Mary^Xorth Carolina . No. Carolina 

Who can stop the Tarheels? 
SMU-Tcxas A&M .... , SMU 

The Mustangs will be the champs ot the Conference. 
VMI-Tulane Tulane 

Henry Frnka may make Tulane the power of the south 

on. 'the-v .Way, ■■ ..■ 



20 
26 

2» 

It's 



MIDWEST 

lowa-lllinois Iowa 7 

The mini are just playing out the season. 
Notre, Dame^Indiana . . . Notre Dame '26 

And who is there to beat the Irish? 

Navy-Michigan ..... , . . Michigan S9 

, Missouri, Penn, Notre Dame (one loss among them) and now 

undefeated Michigauv Poor Middies! 
Missouri- Oklahoma Missouri 7 

Don Faurot's club has too much hipper-dipper. 
Northwestern-Wisconsin Northwestern 13 

The Wildcats are Rose Bowl-bound.' 
Pittsburtrh-Ohio State . . Ohio State 19 

Pitt has won four in a row. That's where it stops. 
Oklahoma A&M-Tulsa Ajrgics 14 

How the mighiy have fallen! Tulsa has yet to win one. 

FAR WEST 

UCLA-Calif ornla California 19 

Clear sailing to the Rose Bowl. 
Oreffon-WashingtoH; .... . . . Oregon 7 

The Huskies haven't scored in their last three games. 
Washington State-Oregon State . . . Oregon State 6 

A traditional rivalry but Oregon has a better record. 

PROFESSIONAL 
NATIONAL LEAGUE 
Philadelphia-New York Eagles 21 

Eagles are the class of the Eastern Division, 
Washington RedskinsTBoston Redskins 14 

Sammy Baugh is red hot. 
Chicago Bears-Los Angeles Bears 14 

Luckman and Lujack. And Lujack is developing into the best 

pass defender in the league. 
Detroit-Chicago Cardinals Cardinals 21 

The Lions finally won their first game last Sunday, but they 
• „ Packers, not Trippi, Harder, Angsman, et al. 
Green Bay-Pittsburgh Green Bay 7 

An off-year for both clubs. Green Bay more versatile. 



14 
14 
28 



ALL-AMERICAN CONFERENCE 
Baltimore-Cleveland Browns , Browns 
» « r J-'^^ Browns are getting better, Colts losing ground. 
Buffalo-Brooklyn Buffalo 

George Ratterman is too tricky. 
Chicago Rockets-'49-ers -. .'49-ers 

The Rockeis just running out the string 
Los Angeles Dons-N. Y. Yankees DonS 7 

Don line is vei-y, very good. Glenn Dobbs will be ready for 

this one. 



SEASON'S RECORD 
Won, 203; Lost, 60; Tics, 5; Pet., .772. 
(Ties don't count.) 



" College games are played Saturday unless otherwiae stated; pros play 
Sunday Unless otherwise stated. > r »- 

^ ^tids'"*'^^^" represents selector's choice, not the official gambling 



Wednesday, Novcinlier 8, 1948 



PICTIJRES ~ » 



HUGHES PLANS TO EXPAND STUDIO 



Dr. Gallup Avers Film Biz Among 
Last to Researdi Itself Willi Eye 
To Cultivatii^ Any New Markets 



The film industry falls Into the4- 
bottom category of businesses alert 
to increase their markets through 
public relations programs, Dr. 
George Gallup told Varietv this 
week. "There is probably less in- 
terest shown by the film industry 
than any other industry to map ] Pleasure. His touch of flu last 
out a sensible overall campaign IV.^":!^ .^^''^^^ him off-scheduj^e on 



Jerry Wald in N.Y. 

Jerry Wald, Warner Bros, pro- 
ducer, and his wife Gonnie, are 
east for two weeks , of business- 



and carry it out," Dr. Gallup, 
whose outfit has been statistically 
active in films, declared. 

"Almost every other Industry 
had done a real job trying to Cul- 
tivate markets "which have failed 
to patronize il," he said. "For in- 
stance, the cold cereal people have 
done a hangup job in inducing the 
public to buy their product in the 
Wintertime. Offhand, the petroleum 
«nd meat industries have also made 
a concerted effort to cultivate new 
markets." 

Dr. Gallup believes the film busi- 
ness is "overlooking a great source 
of revenue" in not working, on the , 
■ over-30 age bracket. It was his , 
(survey that disclosed that 25% or ; 
less of the people over 30 go to 
film theatres once a week or more. 
•'Maybe- the Johnston? office (Mo- 
tion-Picture Assn.. of America ) is 
doing something about it, but at 
the present moment 1 see no evi- 
dence that the industry is going 
out for the non-filmgoers," he, de- 
clared. 

An estimated $490,000,000 more 
wottld aimually be brought to. U. S. 
bOxoffices at the present admission 
scales if the industry could induce 
the 40,000,000 people between 30 
«nd 50 to attend films once weekly, 
Dti Gallup said. "People over 30 
" (eontinued on page 18) 



their proposed flight with Danny 
Kaye to London for the Command 
Performance Monday (1) night. In- 
stead he's huddling in New York 
with Phoebe and Henry Ephron on 
their next WB production chore, 
taking in the shows, etc. . 

On Monday (1), Baron Polan, 
brother of Mrs. Wald and co-manr 
agcr with George Rosenberg of 
Kay Thompson &. Williams Bros., 
staged a joint welcome-farewell 
party for the Walds and the act, 
latter heading back - to Hollywood; 

It's Wald's first trip east in two 
years. 



TONE'S FRENCH-MADE 
INDIE FOR M-G DISTRI6 

Hollywood, Nov, 2. 
• Metro is readying its sixth out- 
side releasing deal, huddling with 
A. & T. Productions to take over 
distribution of "Man on the Eiffel 
Tower," now lensing in Paris in 
color. M-G'Si new color laboratory 
Is processing the; film, which is be- 
■ Ing air expressed from France. 

'■ "Eiffel'.' cast is topped by Fran- i thing new— that is, finding out for 
■ehot. Tone, Burgess Meredith and how little not how much the entire 



Costumer at 
Keys Ingenuity On 
Prod. Economies 



Hollywood is developing an en* 
tirely new bag of tricks in its pres- 
ent drive to bring in pictures at 
$1,000,000 and under. So says An- 
thony Mann, director of Walter 
Wanger's VReign of Terror," who 
wrapped up that Eagle Lion re- 
lease for $850,000 "soraething 
unheard of In Hollywood a couple 
of years ago .when . you consider 
that the film is a costume drama." 

Mann, who also directed EL's 
profitable . "T-Men'' which cost 
$450,000, declared that "any fair 
picture costing that sum can't help 
making money in the present mar- 
ket." As for "Reign," Mann said 
all the sets for the drama of the 
French revolution were held down 
to a sum total of $40,000. 

"X got William G. Menzies to do 
Itliem after interesting him in some' 



Charles Laughton. Tone and 
Irving Allen head up A. & T. 

Metro's • other outside releasing 
deals were set with Enterprise, 
Swiss producer Lazar Wechsler, 
Hal Roach, John A. Haeseler (for 
■'Tales o£ the Navajos") and the 
V. S. Navy (lor "Secret Land"). 



job could ' be . done,'' ' EL /director 
exBlainedi.; :"Costume films .UsUaU^^ 
have mammoth sets, bttt \ye/ built 
eoriipletely with flats, in; other 
words, closer to theatre terms, and 
used no four-wall sets at all." 
, ."Another thini, we used only 
Broadwi^y actors-^Richard Base- 
hart, Arnold Moss, Norman Lloyd, 
rone Seeks Current Jesse Barker— because theie re 

Paris, Nov. 2, more authenticity in fresh faces. 
With a power shortage halting that's why we think the British bit 
production for two days of the i parts are so trcmondous," Mann 
Irving Allen-Franchot Tone film. I continued. "Tlie audience will be- 
"The Man on the Eiffel Tower," i lieve them more completely bo- 
at the Billancourt studio. Tone cause it doesn't associate them with 
has asked the American Eniba.ssy other previous parts, 
to iiiforcede «ifh local authoriHos Talking on the new production 
to obtain a permanent source of teclmiciuc Mann said lie nevei 
- . . : (Continued on page 16) 



UTILIZE iO 
THEATliE m 

Hollywood, Nov. 2, 
CuiTent plans of Howard Hughes, 
controlling stockliolder of RKO, 
caU for the expansion of his inter- 
€!st in the production^distribution 
end of the company, it is: reliably 
reported. Hughes will use the 
money which he is to receive: for 
the sale of his stock in the new 
RKO theatre company to build up 
his present 24% interest in the 
filmmaking end of the company. ; 

Division of RKO into two com^ 
panics, agreed upon over the week- ; 
end by. the board here, is expected 
to hike, the value of common stock 
holdings. Hughes, it's said, be- 
lives that he can get a fancy price 
for his controlling hold in the thea- 
tre company while reta'ning his 
interest in the filmmaking end^ 
the one in which he is primaiily; 
concerned. 

While actual mechanics of the' 
split have not been disrlosed, a 
pro-rata slock division i( current : 
shareholders in both companies is 
I inevitable. The new theatre unit is 
I expected to have a strong reaction 
I on price ir the New^ York ex- 
change. 

To back this: insiders point out 
that RKO's Uicatres last year took 
in • $10,000,000 in profits before:, 
taxes. Of this sum, $2,300,000 came 
from the sale of theatres, but the 
entire balance was from the com- 
pany's boxoffice. Since RKO's total 
take before taxes amounted to :$.9,i- 
635,847, it's apparent that the thea- 
tre end accounted for all profits 
of the company, 

RKO's theatre business this year; 
(Continued on page 18) 

Wyler's H'wood Remake 
Of Marcel PagnoFs 3 

William Wyler, Paramount direcV 
tor, has acquired the remake rights^ 
to Marcel Pagnol's film trilogy, 
"Marius," "Fanny" and "Cesar," 
with . plans for early . production. 
Wyler initiated the deal early this 
year. The French films, originally 
produced, in middle 1930's,; were re-: 
leased in the U.S. by Siritzky In- 
ternational over the last 15 months, 
and met critical acclaim. , 

It's expected that Wj'ler, who 
formerly was partner in Liberty 
Films before its absorption into 
Paramount, will produce the U.S. 
version under an indie banner. The 
final section of the trilogy, "Cesar;'' 
is currently playing at the Elysee, 
N, Y. art house. 



RKO Settles on Consent Decree With 
Govt; 110 Theatre Ceiling Withm 
One Year Fixed for New Theatre Co. 



RKO No Pat Pattern 

Washington, Nov. 2. 

Consent decree entered iq 
between the Government and 
RKO is not necessarily a 
formula which will be available 
to the: four other theatre-own- 
ing defendants in the anti' 
trust action. :: RKO was the, 
weakest of the Big Five from 
the angle of thaatre holdings. 
As such; the Government was 
willing to elect in favor of a. 
quick settlement to clear that : 
defendant from the; calendar, 

However,' there is a feeling 
that the Dept. of Justice will 
want stricter terms against 
the other four and will hold 
out for them,, if necessary, 
through long hearings. 



Mention Tevlin^ 
Syndicate Would 
Dicker for Repub 

I Hollywood, Nov. 2. 

C. J. Tevlin, one of: the board 
of three now ruling: the RKO stti- 
dio under controlling stockholdei: 
Howard Hughes, has been ap^ 
proached by a syndicate . and 
sounded out on the proposition of 
taking over supervision of Repub- 
lic studiosi it is reliably reported. 
Feelers were put out to Tevlin 
preliminary to the syndicate seek- 
ing to buy out control of Rep from 
Herbert J. Yates, company presi- 
dent and board chairman. 

Western syndicate, whose names, 
liave been kept undisclosed, is also 
seeking pn alliance with eastern 
(Continued on page 18) 



The new RKO theatre company, 
which Is expected to have th« 
sanction -of a consent decree for its 
operations, will be a well-lnteKrat- 
ed circuit yiVih widely ilun(r show 
case representation in biff cities 
and a: strong nabe hold in, metro* 
politan New York. Under the set* 
tlement, it retains the 80 wholly- 
owned houses and may add a maxi- 
mum of .30 from present partner- 
ship interests. 

Company is empowered to keep 
its dcluxers in 17 important cities: 
in the country. Outside of New 
York these houses are Golden 
Gate, San Francisco; Keith's. 
Washington; Palace, Chicago; - Or- 
phcum, Dcs Moines; Liberty and 
Orphcum, New Orleans; RKO Bosh 
ton, Keith's and Memorial, Boston; 
Uptown, Detroit; Orpheum and 
Pan, Minneapolis; Orvheum, Kan- 
sas ^ity; Brandeis, Omaha; Albce, 
Providence, and Allen, Palace and 
105th Street, Cleveland. 

In Cincinnati, where RKO was 
the dominant exhibitor, new com- 
pany must sell two theatres wliile 
retaining: another seven. Good 
number of partnerrhcld nab* 
houses in New York :# must bs 
liquidated, but RKO still keeps its 
Broadway stronghold, the Palace, 
besides other big first-run nabs 
flickeries sucli as the Fordham, 
86tli Street, 83d Street, 23d St., 
Coliseum and kindred-type houses. 

Moreover, with a leeway of 30 
theatres srantcd it, RKO is in « 
position to round out its theatrs 
holdings in such important sectors 
as New York, New Jersey or Miclit- 
gan. 



STUART SERIOUSLY HI 

Sydney, Oct. 25. 

Ilerschell Stuart, National The- 
atres' official working with the 
Hoy ts' circuit here, is seriously ill 
following a heart attack and stroke. 

Stuart has been here since be- 
fore the war. He formerly was as- 
sociated with the RKO circuit in 
New York and the Roxy, N. Y. 



National Boxoffice Survey 

Biz Starts to Perk— 'River,' 'Belinda/ 'Peggy,' 'Julia,* 
'Blood,' 'Eyes' Big Six Winners 



.Current, 
Meanwhile, 



front, '■ 



Visit Aussie Early '49 

Sydney, Oct. 20. 
SpjTOs Skouras ami .Eric John- 
ston are rcpoi'lcd likely lo vi.sit 



on another 

film technicians have approved a CI,ft„«.«o InhnQtnn MaV 
resolution wliich insists thai the JKOUfdi, JUIlliSlUll majf 

govenuncnt protect the industry 
against the influx of foreign pro- 
ducers despite the fact that the 
filmmakers Irom abroad pay high- 
er salaries. Tone-AUen technician 

crew, however, has maintained an j^g" earlv'no^t veair'Formcr ulil 
extremely cooperative attitude, n^j.^ ^ gander iit the llpyts loop 

and -20th-Fox; local setup; 

Johnston is reported^ a'njfious to 
see if he tjiii't uhfreeze more than 
the yearly sum of $3,30.0,000 in 
reiitals now going lo the. U, S. 
:H.. ■ ■)Fr<S(^e;;]4We: H :S(l';«,.-:at.:preSent;,V . 

|.: ■■. ■ ', Coast Meet Shelved 
I ■ Coast meeting: originally slated 



F&M Aide Helps Gunman 
Who Shot Him in Holdup 

St. Louis, Nov; 2 
The leniency of Eugene 
Abeln, treasurer of Fanchon & 
Marco's Fox theatre, enabled Rob- 
ert Albey, who shot, him In an at- - - ^ . , , -■, 

tempted holdup last Feb., to cop a! for this month with Eric Johnston 
six months' workhouse sentence 1 Motion Picture Assn. of America 
last week. Originally charged with chief, presiding and company presi- 
assault with intent to rob, Alvev | dents and studio heads participat- 
was permitted to plead guilty to a ing has now been mdohnitely 
common assault charge. I shelved. , , ^ .„ , . 

Abeln, who recovered from a Instead, Johnston will chairman 
gunshot wound in the chest, told ' a scries of at least three meetings 
the court he did not wish to prose- 1 in the east. First of the huddles 
cute. 1 will probably be held next it-eck. 



End of pre-Elcctioii influences is 
helping biz in many key cities nn 
current session but the pickup iii j 
trade often is not of sufficient 
strength to offset the beating most 
theatres took up until Monday (1.) , 
night. Coming week is expected to 
see a brLsk pickup from the na* 
tional Election doldrums. 
: Manner in which "Red River'' 
(UA) soared from sixth place to 
top i-aiik nationally keynotes the 
present stanza. Picture is uniform- 
ly fine to smash with a "good" 
rating the lovyest in the 10 key 
cities playing this week. In dose 
pursuit is: "Johnny Belinda" ( WB ) , 
which is taking socond^place money 
for second week in succession. 

Third best is"Apartmer)t For 
Peggy" (20thl, only a step behind 
the big shovvinj; made by "Be- 
linda." Fourth slot goes to "Julia 
Misbehaves" (M-G), just getting 
started in keys covered by Va' 
RiEjTV. Fifth poiiition was captured 
by "Kiss Blood Oft Hands" (U) 
while sixth spot is taken over by 
"Night Has Thousand Eyes'' "(Par). 
This is the first time around tor 
"Blood," making it a great showing 
for the new Burt Lancaster star- 
rer. 

Best runner-up pictures are 
"Loves of Carmen' (Col), "Cry of 
City" (20tht, "Station West" 
( RKO ) "Southern Yankee" 



RKO and the Dept. of Justice 
hav.e come to an: agreement on : s 
consent .decree ending the anti- 
trust action against the iilm com- 
pany. The decree, providing for 
separation of the theatre wing 
from that of distribution-produc- 
tion plus a partial sale by ths 
newly-formed exhibitor outfit, is 
(Continued on page 19) 



'M-G1, "Hamlet" (U) and "Rope" 
(WBk 

Of the new product, "Sealed Ver- 
dict" ( Par ) i which opened yester- 
day at N. Y. Paramount; and "June 
Bride" (WB) lihape strongest cur- 
rently. "Song Is Born" (RKO) 
continue^! solid in. second Chicago 
and N. Y. weeks. "Tatloek's Mil- 
lions" (Par), nice in San Francis- 
co, is barely good in Minneapolis 
and okay in, K.C. "Untamed Breed" 
(Col) looks okay In Baltimore but 
looms mild in L.A. and Chi. "Se- 1 
cret Land" (M-G) shapes hefty in | 
Cincy. I 

"Spiritualist" (EL) Is doing] 
. sock biz in Cincy with an assist I 
from big vaudc layout. "Good , 
Sam" ^ RKO i is pacing Iiidianap- 1 
oli.s and great in Portland, Ore. I 
"Paradine Case" (SRO), while blgj 
: In Portland, looks very slow in \ 
■L. A. 

I "Plunderers" (Rep) is racking' 
' up solid week in N. Y, "Sorry, 
.Wrong Number" (Par) is tops in 
I Baltimore and stout in Providence. I 
'"Rod Shoes" (EL) stays solid in' 
j third Washington week, and ca- ' 
I pacity in second N. Y. round. I 
I "Canon City" (EL) is hitting 
! sock trade In Montreal. "Dream ' 
' Girl" looks fairly good in Omaha. ! 

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INDEX 

Bills 47 

Chatter 54 

Film Reviews 11 

House Reviews 47 

Inside Legit 52 

Inside Television 27 

, International , . . . . . , ,-. .; , 13 

Legitimate , . . . 48 

Literati 53 

Music 35 

New Acts 47 

Night Club Reviews 46 

Obituaries 55 

Orchcstx-as 35 

Pictures .....^ 3 

Radio 20 

Radio Reviews 22 

Records 38 

Frank Scully 53 

Television 24 

Television Reviews 30 

Vaudeville 43 

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»1D a rear— $;o Foreign 



FfCTUWES 



Wedmescbiy, NoTcndber 1948 



'fM Fare Hnrts BoxoTkc^ Stb 
Pressure Groups, Say Can. Edub 



Toronto, Nov. 2. 
SIrmc protests that too many! 
"wdult entertainment" fiims we 
being released to the detriment of ' 
the boxoffice, and that sueh prod- 
uct is arousing the publiciied ire 
of Catholic Church and business- 
men's organizations, highlighted 
the annual meeting of tlie Motion 
Picture Theatres Assn. Members 
propose drawing up a new con- 
tract form whereby exhibitors will 
not have to accept so many "adult 
entertainment" films as are now 
claimed cun-ent. 

Overshadowbig such other dis- 
cussion topics as television probr 
lems, amusement tax, the forth- 
coming music royalty increases 
Mid -leni. competition, consensus 
of 313 theatre managers here was 
that film producers must be 
warned of the hazai-ds of too 
sophisticated film fare which is 
"chasing away film-goers." 

(MPTA membership includes 
tlw "Big Tluree" chains — Famous 
Players Canadian, Odeon (Bank), 
and 20th Century Theatres— plus 
Independents.) 

Too large numbers of films deal- 
ing with insanity, hysteria and 
«>ther pathological overtones are 
losing the exhibitors aa.increasr 
lug number of patrons who used 
' to be regular attenders, said 
HL C. D. <Diclc) Main, MPTA pres^ 
Ident. "Because one such picture 



Teciiiii's $m6,905 Net 

Technicolor's net profit for the 
nine months ended Sept. 30 scored 
a small gain over the equivalent 
period last year. Company has 
reported a take of $1,276,905 
against $1,146,363 in '47. Earnings 
were equivalent to $1.39 per share 
compared to last year's $1.25. 

Third-quarter profits Were sliced i 
somewhat as against the second- 
quarter net because of a tempo- 
rary slowdown of operations due 
to cutting in some of the machin- 
ery which is part of the expansion 
program slated for completion by 
the end of the year, according to 
0r. Herbert T. Kalmus, company 
prez. 

Indies DoDmate 

Drive-Iiis,OwD515 

Of756intlieU.S. 



A PIe«Mir« 

Arthur Krim, pre« of Eaglo 
Lion, - beliews that his com- 
pany't "Canon City," which 
Bryan Foy produced, will 
prove to be the most j^ofitaWe 
mm made bf Hollywood In 
1948. The pic, released early 
in the summer, will show a 
worldwide gross of $2,000,000, 
Krim said. Production costs of 
"Canon" came to $350,000. 

"It's a real pleasure to sell 
the film,'" he said, "because at 
its low cost we are able to dis- 
tribute it without slugging the 
exhibitor on terms and still 
make a handsome profit." 



Eagk Uons Krim Has Ifis Own 
Ueas on Picture Star Vdhws 



yAnanl^Kedh 
Plea Ts. Majors 

■ Philadelphia, Nov. 2. 
Judge William H. Kirkpatrick, in \ 
Federal district 90ui^, has turned 
down the plea of William Goldman, 
indie exhib,'that Warner Bros, and 
10 other major distribs and pro- 
ducers be ordered to divest them- 
selves of theatres in this area. 
Kirkpatiick also declined Gold- 
man's request for an order in an 
'alternative motion, barring the 
i majors- from cross4icensing films. 
[The device, Goldman charged, en- 

to 



HymaiBro&'AtoiiikClHmi 

Oakridge, Tenn., Nov. 2. 
Four theatre! in this atomic re- 
search center operated by the V. S. 
Government during the war are 
being leased to Abraham and Solo- 
mon Hyraan for private operation.; 
Government built the theatres ran 
them for the benefit of project 
workers but now is pulling . out, of- 
the exhibition business. 
1 Hyman Bros, once held an RKO 
! franchise in this temtory. They 
; presently operate five houses in 
Huntington, W. Va., in partnetsliip 
iwith RKO. 



Spedid Depts. 
ToPhig Oldies 
AsFdl-inFare 



Establishment of a special ; re- 
issue sales department last week 
by 20th-Fox, paralleling the reissue 
wing of Metro's sales organization, 
points up the fact that, despite a 



, . aWed the Itoger , companies 

I With affiliated and major cir- | j,iock first-run i^ms lrotn his ih^ 
' cuits kept in check by Government houses. 

antirtrust actions, indie operators I Bj^fusal of the motions doesn't I promKe of inore n^w fea^^ 
are Increasing takuig the initia- ! gftect Judge Kirkpatrick's de- I jor distributors - wll still place 
j tive in theatre eicpansion' and gen- !:^tsion in the original case, in which : plenty /of emphasis , on reissues to, 
Is favorably received rtocsnt mean eral business enterprise. This phe-., he ordered that pics bo distributed flU the playdate gans. 
that the average film-goer wants nomenon is strikingly revealed in , by competitive bidding and gave I Situation emphasizes anew the 



to see ."jO more pictures on the 
lame theme," he said. 

. Royalty Fee Deadlock ; ■ 

On increased music royalty fees, 
MPTA and the Composers, Au- 
thors and Publishers Assn. of 
Canada are still deadlocked on 
the 1949 scale, according to N. A. 
(Nat) Taylor, president of 20th 
Century Theatres i84 houses in 
Ontario). Taylor traced, off the 
.jrecord, the "fantastic ideas" of 
CAPAC in settuig new fees but 
■aid that, as negotiations were still 
proceeding, details couldn't be 
disclosed ,18 to the proposed 
CAPAC seat-lee sehediilr or what 
MPTA would be satisfied to pay. 
Though Canadian exhibitors pay a 
: lower fee than U. S. 
the ASCAP decisions 

■ (.Continued on page 16) 



the small indie's two-to-one dom- i (joiaman a triple-damage verdict , faltering boxoffice condition \yhich 



on m. the field of dnve-m the- ^f $375,000 under tht Clayton Act. ' finds few films grabbing oft' any 
t— the most important develop- [ Today's decision, however, is a , extended playing time such as in 
ment in exhibition circles since the 1 iQgal victory for Warners and its I years past. As a result, a pressing 



end of the war. 
Figures eom^ptled by the research 



10 associates, the target of several ! need for a greater number of pic- 
suits by Goldman. Judge Kirk- 1 tores than the studios are appar- 



department of the Motion Picture ■ patriqk will hear another phftse of lently able to produce has cropped 



I15M00O GROSS NOW 
SPELS BLACK FOR E 

Gross revenues for Eagle Lion 
during the current year wiH hit 
between $15,000,000 and $16,000,- 
000, Arthur Krim, EL president, 
•aid this week. During 1948, second 
ftiU year of its existence, EL has 
doubled the rentals garnered dur- 
ing '47, which came to about $8,- 
iWOiOOO. For the past 15 weeks, the 
company has been operating in thei 
profit side of the ledger, Krim said, 
except foi small amortization on 
pix turned out during its .first Six 
months. 

■ . "Since June 1, not counting B's; 
nine out of the 12 big films re- 
leased by the company will pay 
back their negative costs and show 
• profit," EL prez declared. "Wo 
feel that we are now definitely on 
the right track.'* 

.. Explaining 'the company's -finan^ 
cial situation, Krim disclosed that 
the $11,000,000 in^loans which EL 
obtained through its parent Pathe 
Industries from a syndicate headed 
by the First National Bank of Bos 



Assn. of America show that put of 
a national total of 756 drive-ins. in- ' 
dependent exhibs own and operate 
515, or 68.1% to 31.9% for the cirr ' 
cuits. The indie di'ive-ins are 
smaller on the average than the 
circuits' .but the former still have ; 
a far larger total' capacity with 
parking space for 188,523 ears as 
against 124,855 for the former. 

These figures contrast with the 
indie exhibs status in regular , the^ 
exhibitors, I atre ownership figures also corn- 
there will . piled .by the MPAA last spring; 

Here," the indie hold a slight ma- 
.iority in number of theatres 0\vned 
with 10,224; as against 8,983 for:the 
circuits. The circuits'^ domination 
of the indoor exhibition field, how- 
ever, is indicated by their heavy 
seating preponderance witb.'7,539,- 
162 seats, as against only ,4,657,826, 
for the indies. 



the litigation tomorrow (3), when ' up within the industry. Because 
he has scheduled arguments on a continued high production costs 
motion by Warners, et al., eon- have limited the major's issuance 
eerning the distribution of their of new pictures, distribs have been 
own films. The majors have asked. ; forced to turn to reissues; 
for a ruling on whether the com- | Creation of the reissue depart- 
pelitive-bidding order applies to ment by 20th salesmanager Andy 



After a full year of combining 
his duties as president of Eagle 
Lion with the new chores as pro* 
-duction chief for the compatiy, 

Arthur Krim has reached the con- 
clusion that plenty of players "are 
stars in HoUyvrood but not in Kala- 
maxoo." Krim, whose company 
haS'.registered a sharp climb in 
revenues during the past 12 
months, admits his outfit found out 
the hard way. 

"We made mistakes the first year 
by taking qn players who add noth- 
ing to the boxoMce," Krim said. 
"As a result, we made films which 
were costlier than they had to be 
because we wanted names. Later; 
we learned these names meant 
little or notliing when the film 
reached the theatres." 
; Krim breaks down the Holly wood . 
star situatioa into four groupings. 
'There are tho$e players, a very 
small number, who can carry a 
picture and make it profitable by 
their own pulling power alone. A 
second group consists of those who 
cannot make a picture on their own 
but. given a good film, can bring 
in more than the cost of tlreir sal-> 
aries in added grosses," 

"Third," Krim said, "are those 
who neither add nor detract from 
the film. The great bulk of stars 
fall into this grouping. Fourth, 
are those called stars in Hollywood 
and : rightly so because they are 
known to the pnblic but who actu- . 
ally keep people out : of the ' 
theatres." ■ 

Krim wants to draw from the top 
group for four or- five films an- 
nually. Company, he said, will 
seek big stars rn the freelance field. . 
He conceded that the majoiMtudios 
have the advantage of films de- 
pending mainly on star attraction 
"rightfully so because these studios 
built them, up over the years." 
2 Other Catesiories 
"There are two other brackets of 
successful films, those which de- 
(Continued on page 16) 



films which are produced and dis- 
tributed by the same company. 



COL LEVINSON WINS 
S.L WARNER AWARiy 

Washington, Nov. 2. 
i The Samuel L. Wai-ner Memorial 
I Award was copped the past week 
lat the convention of the Society 

of Motion Picture Engineers by 
[by Col. Nathan Levinson, technical 

director of WB. He was one of five 



W. Smith, Jr., indicates that the 
[ company : will renew its distribu- 
tion pacts with very few of the in- 
I die producers whose product it 
I handled during the 1947-48 season. 
[Renewal of the pacts has been a 
source of runnurg debates between 
. (Contiilu'ed on page 14) 



METRO READYING BIG 
PUSH FOR 25TH ANNI 



by exchange areas puts Charlotte 
in the lead with 108, followed by 
Dallas with 78, Cincinnati with 55 
and Atlanta and Cleveland with 51 



■ . Metro ad-.publicity Veepeie How* 

..~ 3rd Dietz will serve as coordinator 

Breakdown of drive-in theatres IJ'^'j^g"' honored with a malor ^ betw een the studio and homeoffice 
■ ' at/tjjg gjjpE banquet. : |iii lining up plans for the, com- 

Citation mentioned Levin- 'pany's 25th anniversary celebra- 
son's "long and successful career tion next year. Dietz was supposed 
■ . „ . Tr 1 t i,. in radio communications as well to have returned from the Coast 

apiece. New York has among the, as so„„d motion pictures." It over the weekend but stayed for 
fewest drive-ins with only 10, while ■ ^^mied to his role in "the devcloo- further huddles with studio pub- 
2f'^fn°t^„f H',:?if;°%^^^'!fi\^ menl Of M^visiin for thcaCe uL liclty chief Howard Strickling. He's 
21 iVTn<;t nf (hP H,„.p.,nc v„„ o ^ producUon of , "ow due back at the homeoffice 

motion pictures." ; today (Wed.). , . 

Citation Was read by outgoing i Present plans, which are still in 
president 'of SMPE, Loriin L. By^^the formative stage, call for all the 
der, sbund director of Paramount 1 subsidiaries of tfee parent Loew's, 
Picfilres. {Inc., to be ttirned loose in a mass 

. . ■ I campaign grooved foir general pub- 

llic and rtra^e, consum^ : Studio 



21.. Most of the drive-ins run on a 
single-feature policy with thi'ce or 
four program changes a week. 

Indie exhibitors are also far in 
the;, lead in current drive-in con- 
struction. Out of a total of 86 now 
being built, non-circuit operators 
are responsible for 59 as against 
27 for the circuits. The largest 
number of drive-ins being built are 
centered in Los Angeles with 11, 
and Atlanta and Boston with 7 
apiece,;: 



St. Loo Exhibs Denied 



Mpls. lndi« Drive-ins - 
Minneapolis. 
Drive-in circuits are spreading 
here, independent exhibitors re- ■ 



an extensive ; scale. Harold Field 
announced a new circuit of drive- 
ins in eight of 10 Io\ya towns, 
years where he now has regular theatres. 
Later he will build in two mother: 
towns. . ■ '.v 

Field has set up a separate fiir- 
fContinued on page 16) 



ton has now been reduced to S8,-,cently starting to build them on 
000,000. Of this sum, films will pay 
off $5,000,000 out of their revenues 
While the other $3,000,000 is on a 
longterm basis with five 
■tO'.'gO. ■ ; 

Krim denied ireports that he was ! 
In New York for a new loan; While !■ 
here, he said, he had uorlwd out' 
■n agreement with the banks to { 
li-ee $1,000,000 from suras accu- 
mulated by Pathe out of lilm reve- 
nues. Under the terms of its loan, 
BL must obtain the banks' okay 
before using that money for pro- 
duction purposes, ■ . 

Pointing up EL's rosy pro.spects, 
Krim said that the company be- 
tween, now and the end of the year 
had seven: films booked into the 
Odeon and . BritisIirGaumont cir^ 
««its. These were double-billed 
•ither between themselves or with 



is expected to tuirh out a t\vo-reel 
short outlining the company's his- 
D • L C r . itory and accomplishments, similar 
KeVieW Dy iMip. tOUrt to the one produced by Warners 

last year to mark the 20th anni of 

sound.:';: ',-,,.'■■■;,; . ■:■. ::■;:'■■•■''''•', "■:■! 

Special disks at* to be 'pressed 
by M-G-M Records, f^Stttrihg most 
of Metro's musical :stars. WMGSj; 
Loew's,; AM ; ahd; F^ : Stations in. 
New 'S'brk, will fiWg -the anni in a 
manner similar to : that iised to 
mark the station's recent change of 
call letters from; WHN; iforeigii 
departnlient, too, will advertise the 



St. Louis, Nov. 2. 
The U. S. Supreme Court last 
week . denied a: review of litigation 
reiitiested .by five St. Louis indie 



exhibitors, in . their anti-trust law 
complaint against four film, distrib- 
utors and the American Arbitration 
Assn. The exhibitors sued for 
$285,000 damages -and ; asked an 
injunction against Paramount Film 
Distributing Corp.; RKO 



Pryor Heads N.Y. Crix Amus. Co., St. Louis Ambassador 
New York Film Critics circle has Theatre, Inc.; Eden Theatre Co., 
elected Thomas M. Pryor of the St. Louis Missouri Theatre, Inc., 
N. Y. Times as its new chairman ' and the Fanchon & Marco Service 
for the coming year. Wanda Hale. Corp. The appeal to the high 



Radio ^"''^ in idl overseas situations: 
Pictures, 20th-Fox, Warner Bros. ' , the sales department 

Di-stributing Corp., and the asso- , J'-'^" ' " ,s„.«?.Pe<=t?,d 

elation " ; that M-G sales veepee Wiluam F. 

The plaintiffs were the St. Louis ! ^°^Sf" institute some kind 
n„ cf T^..4c A,«i,.,c.,j-„. of sales drive. Unlike othei maior 



major 

distributors, Metro hasn't staged 
a sales drive since its 20th anni 
celebration five years ago. The 
one in 1949 will probably follow 
that one' in attempting to get at 



Daily News, is vice-chah'raan, and tribunal was taken following dis- least a sinale reel fPAtiirinit thi t pn 
Dorothy Masters, same paper, sec missal of the exhibitors' complaint trademark on t^^^^^ 

■in the lower Federal courts in St. :^„°!.„*:_ ^i^reen of eveiy 



P^vor takes over from Otis L. Louis. The Supreme Court h^-^^:.»':.^r^'^-^^'--^^ 
Guernsev, Jr., of the N. Y. Herald held the association is a valid, le- ■ - 
Trlbaiie,' stepping up from vice- ,gal system ;o| regulation, and rul- 
chairman. Meet ^so voted to ad- ings of , the association can decide 
•theV ■yanit'produVt.' M as new members Lew Schael- ' disputes on clearance. The owners 

booking in England means a mini-ifer of the Brooklyn Eagle, Soy- of the Apol o ^"^^^^'Li"**'^'^ 
mum of SeoofoOQ for 4 package, mour Peck of th* N. Y. Star, and , began the litigation m 1944, and 
Ki-iiB said. i Yglesias, Daily Worker, 



j the others, joined in. 



N. Y. to Europe 

Sir Ernest Fiske 
Robert G. Leffingwell 
Sam Prager 
Mrs. , Ruby JRbsenberg 



L. A. to N. Y. 

Edward L. Alperson; 

John Alton 

Florine Bale 

Barbara Bel Geddes 

Boy Brewer i 

Kathryn Brown ) 

Bob Burns 

Harry Cohn 

Joan Davis 

Bill Eythe 

Tommy Farrell 

Carl Fisher 

Matty Fox 

Peggy Ann Gamer 

Franklin Gilbert 

Monroe Greenthal 

Jane Greer 

Louis Hayward 

Bob Hussey 

William Katzell - 

Prankie I^aino 

Ed Lasker 

Janet Leigh 

Bemie Luber 

Gene McCarthy 

Patricia Morison^ ■ 

Pat O'Brien 

Frank Partos 

Jan Peerce 

William Pine 

Fred Pride 

Morris Safier 

Carl Schreuer " 

Frank Scully 

Douglas Sirk 

John Sutherland 

Esther Tow 

Spencer Tracy 

Jerry Wald 

Europe to N. Y. 

■ Albert Bouche 
Jack Cohn 
Herb Golden 
Bernord Guro 
Sir Arthur Jarrat 
Leonide Kipuis 
Anna Neagle 
Joseph H. Seidelman 
Harry Alan Towers 
Herbert Wilcox 
Michael Wilding 

N. Y. to L, A. 

Harry Aekernian 
Joseph Bemhard 
George Cukor 
Bryarj Foy 
John Garfield 
Jack Kapp 
Carl Leserman 
Frank Loesser 
Paul Baibourn 
Charles Beader 
Charles M. Reagnn 
Stanley Shuford 
Joseph Szigeti , 
Ben Washer 
Joseph Winters 



WedncsJay, November 3, 1948 



PICTIJItES 



EXTENDED DATES DOWN,CUTS B.O. 



Par Continues Feelers with Partners 
Or Others on Breaking Up Theatres 



While the Government anti-trust+ 
aclioii is set for another go in the 
courts, Paramount, largest of the 
theatre-owning majors, is continu- 
ing to negotiate with a number of 
its theatre partners for a breakup 
of joint holdings. Company, alter 
months of preparation, is attempt- 
ing to fix a price and has asked foi* 
bids from various partners before 
seeking buyers on the outside. 

Reportedly, Butterfleld circuit, 
consisting of 112 theatres, mainly 
in Micliigan, is one of the chains 
involved. Par holds a 25% inter- 
est in 90 theatres and 33% in 22. 
KKO has 10% Interest in 90 and 
33% in 22. Negotiations to move 
out Butterfield, it's said, have been 
going on for several months. 

Since the company is on a 
friendly, basis with all or almost 
all partners, it is giving them the 

■ first opportunity to.., acquire the 
Paramount intertfst. Where tlie 
partner has balked on offering a 
price or has set one too low ac- 
cording to Par's lights, company 

. has taken one of two alternatives. 
It has either made efforts to buy 
out the partner so as to end the 
Joint ' operation or p\it out feelers 
for an" outside bid. 

Number of big indie exhibs re- 
port cautious sounding-out by Para- 
mount on their Interest in acquir- 
ing joint holdings. So far, it's 
said, the feelers indicate only that 
Par wants to get a line on what 
they could obtain from outside in- 

.■.terests. ^^ 

Par''s biggies, it's said, are con- 
vinced that the breakup of joint 
holdings is imminent. Hence, the 
concentrated surveys and current 
negotiations based on a desire to 
avoid hasty action when a court 
ord^r comes down. 



Busy Gal 

Hollywood, Nov. 2. 
Calamity Jane knew where 
■ she was going in the old -west- 
• ern days but now she is riding 
four ways at the same time on . 
the screen, 

Jane Russell plays the Ca- 
lamity role in Paramount's 
"Paleface." Yvonne de Carlo 
rides in "Calamity Jane and 
Sam Bass" for U-I. Cathy 
Downs gallops for Screencraft 
in "Calamity ,Jane and the 
Texan,!' and Doris Day is 
climbing aboard a hos^ for the 
same role in a Mike Curtiz, 
musical, ■ .■... .■:■„.■: ■ , . 




SEIDELMAN, COHN DUE 
IN N. Y. FROM ABROAD 

Paris, Nov. 2, 
Joseph H. Seidelman, Universal's 
foreign chief. Is en route to the 
U, S, on the Queen Elizabeth after 
a short inspection of the continen- 
tal market. Ha was particularly 
impressed with the Italian situa- 
tion where he described busineis 
as excellent, 

. Al,so homing Is Columbia Pic- 
tures' vcepee Jack Cohn who's 
been making the r o u n d s here, 
He left by plane Is already back 
in N, Y. Former Chicago nitcry 
Impresario Albert Bou'che Is also 
on his way back after study local 
- bistro setups. 

Par and M-G Settle Balto 
Suit; Better Clearance 

Baltimore, Nov. 2, 
. Paramount and Metro have set- 
■ tl^d a $600,000 treble damage an- 
'ii-trusl action brought against 
them and four other majors by the 
Windsor theatre, indie nabe, in 
Federal court here^ Negotia- 
tions are being pushed for, settle- 
ment with 20th-Fox, United Art- 
ists, • Universal and Warner Bros, 
on the same terms. 

No cash was paid either by Par 
or M-G in securing a discontinu- 
ance of the action. Instead, Wind- 
sor ■ is guaranteed first-run nabe 
availability and given a split, on 
product. 

Windsor had asked the court to 
enjoin the defendants from feed- 
ing its competing houses, Wal- 
brook and Hilton, first-run nabe 
product, unless it gets the same 
availability. 



UA Admits Pitch 
ForUKFihnCoin 
Unlikely for OK 

United Artists home office of-' 
ficials this week confirmed reports 
that the company is seeking a loan 
from the British government's Na- 
I tional Film Finance Council to 
bankroll UA's British production 
I but admitted they had little chance 
of success. One of the main 
provisos of the original British 
plan called for the money to be 
used for the financing of British 
producers only, so that granting 
of a loan to UA would require 
Parliamentary action , to revise the 
fund's administration. 
I UA was forced into seeking the 
I loan because of ■ its unique posi-^ 
\ lion in England. While other 
I American companies; have frozen 
j funds there with which to finance 
I their British-made films, all the 
frozen funds accrued by UA films 
in England belong to the indie 
producers releasing through the 
company. Thus, according to UA 
execs; the. company hasn't suffi- 
(Continucd on page 14) 



Failure of much current product: 
to prove strong enough at the box* 
office to obtain extended playing 
timeii^ one.of the main reasons for 
film business this year sagging 
12-18% below 1947 in principal: 
key cities. This is revealed by a 
VaImety survey of theatre business 
in over 20 keys, including N. Y., 
Chicago, Boston, Los Angeles and 
Philadelphia^ where biggest grosses 
are run tip by key product. 

A typical week this month shows 
128 theatres had pictures playing 
on first-weeks while in comparable 
week of 1947 only 100 .houses had 
films on initial week .. playdates; 
Multiplying this differential of 18 
theatres by some 30 additional key 
cities (the 50 biggest cities con- 
stitute about 75% of total rental 
coin in U.S.), gives some idea' of 
how holdover biz has declined as 
compared with a year ago. 

This, dip in 20 representative" 
key . cities, - aS: done by Variety,; 
reveals only 57 holdover dates plus 
12 moveover engagements this 
year as against 75 films holding 
over in corresponding week of 1947. 

Of the holdovers few are going 
beyond the third week this year. 
I Chickup 'shows only 19 pictures 
ilast three weeks on longer as 
against 28 films in 1947, Of these, 
' just 13 played four weeks: or over 
as compared with 20 pix that went 
four stanzas or longer last year. 
Figures also reveal that this year 
(Continued on page 16) 



Par-ites West 

Group of Paramounteers planed 
to the ,Coast yesterday (Tucs,1, for 
vstudio. huddles on recently conir 
pleted pix. Those who left 
were Charles M. Reagan, Paul 
Raibourn, Stanley Shuford and 
Ben Washer. 

Barney Balaban with Henry 
Ginsberg awaits them west. 



N.Y. DIRECTORS' SURVEY 
OF EASTERN PIC PROD. 

; First detailed survey of eastern 
production;' ; its personnel and 
f acilitiesi will be launched within 
the next couple of weeks by Gene 
Martell, N' Y, Screen Directors 
Guild president. Survey's aim 
will be to line up data on the com- 
mercial, educational and documen- 
tary fields with respect to their ca- 
pacity to handle anticipated , ex- 
pansion of television film produc- 
tion. ■ ■ ■ 

SDG also plans to place the 
data in 'the hands of the Mayor's 
Committee for further promotion 
of eastern production with well- 
grounded arguments. Survey will 
cover .number of workers, avail- 
able 'studio space,, working condi- 
tions and types of equipment. 

'Sorry,' 'Sam' Scored 

Washington, Nov. 2. 
Two of the top grossers currently 
—"Sorry, Wrong Number" and 
"Good Sam"-^have been nixed by 
i the Pj-olestant Film Council, which 
lists them as "definitely not recom- 
mended." 

; The Council's review declared 
loC "Wrong Number" that "ethi- 
'cally and morally, there is no justi- 
ificatlon for a vicious and tortuous 
[film of this sort " Of "Good Sam," 
lllie Council explained: "Our seri- 
lous qualms about this picture re- 
llate principally lo the slapstick 
land -satirical manner in which 
; 'goodiie.ss' i.*! treated ..such 1am- 
1 pooning antics offend the most or- 
idinarj proprieties, as well as re- 
' fleet on the evangelical good taste 
'that is part and parcel of Salvation 
'Army procedure. We regret that 
, Garv Cooper was chosen to portray 
'the "unfortunate Sam; he gains no 
i statute by the performance." 



Fear of U.S. Frown On 
Further Theatre Bldg. 
Causes F&M-Par Tiff 

Holly wood,- Nov. . 2. : 
.Dispute between Paramount and 
the Fanchon & : Marco circuit over 
the disposition of a valuable piece 
of unimproved realty on Wilshire 
Blvd. which the two outfits own 
jointly may lead to the courts. 
F&M is insisting that a theatre be 
erected on the spot without further 
delay. 

Parj on the other hand, is balk- 
ing because of possible rep|risals 
by the Government in view of the 
pending anti-trust actioni While 
no theatre freeze exists at the pres- 
ent time, Par is afi'aid future court 
rulings would affect the venture. 
Unless the tiff can be adjusted, 
there is a likelihood of . a partition 
action in the courts. 



SEARS WEST TO WRAP 
TAKEOVER OF HUGHES' 3 

United Artists president Grad 
Sears heads for the Coast next 
week to wrap lip the deal for Howt 
ard Hughes to buy back three films 
he produced originally for UA re- 
lease. Sears will huddle vi'ith 
Hughes and James Nasser, who are; 
to bankroll an unspecified number 
of pix to be turned out by UA pro- 
ducers in a second*money; role, in 
return for Hughes gaining back his 
■three.. ■ ■ 

Although negotiations are near 
completion. Sears definitely won't; 
give up the Hughes productions 
until, he ascertains what the new- 
UA films are to be, who's to pro- 
duce them, their casts, stories, etc. 
That's based on the assumption 
that it would be unwise to give up 
three pictures whose values are 
determined in return: for others: 
that are still in the talking .stage. 
Hughes and >iasser, of course, are 
just as interested in the new UA 
productions, since they'll get the 
usual second-money returns from 
them. 

Hughes' money, which has been 
; reported at $600,000-$750.0()0, may 
I be spread out over more than the 
'.three films originally planned. It 
I will be up to the three execs to de- 
! termine how many pictures- are to 
I be made with the coin. Hughes, in 
I return, will get back "Outlaw." 
'•'Mad Wednesday" and "Vendetta," 
which he produced as aa indie for 
UA. These are now to be released 
by RKO, ot which companj he's 
ithc principal stockholder. 



Negotiations to Settle Anti-Trust 
Suit Collapse; Goes to Bat Next Mon. 



Election B.O. Blue^ 

■ Decline in ; nationar film 
grosses in the past month does 
not stem primarily from many 
of several, causes advanced in 
recent weeks, according lo top 
distribution executives; but is 
a natural result of pre-elec- 
tion interest; Every; Presiden- 
tial election year finds picture 
theatre business suffering, and 
'48 is no exception. 

Current week should see a 
sharp upbeat, with the voting 
yesterday (Tues.) out ol the 
way. 



M-G s Legal Memo 
For Decree Delay 
Slapped by Dof J 

Justice Department hit back 
over the weekend at; an anti'trust 
brief filed with the trldl court by 
Loew's, Inc.; which called upon i 
J. D. to bring the record of the ' 
case up-to-date. The Loew memor 
randum with the New York court 
argued that the divorcement Issue 
should not be considered until the 
court ; examined the ..circumstances 
of the acquisition of each theatre 
owned by a Big Five defendant 
company; ; 

In /addition, Loew's said, it had 
been in partial compliance with 
the 1946 decree of the trial court, 
the one which was largely over- 
ruled by the Supreme court. 

"We are ; aware of no case," said 
the Government brief submitted 
with the New Vork court, "which 
suggests that because partial vol- 
untary compliance with a Sherman 
Act decision pending appeal has 
occurred no final decree is needed: 

"The need for such relief be- 
comes more acute than ever when 
the decision on' appeal removes a 
threat of judicial enforcement of 
the conduct voluntarily under- 
taken. Our proposed judgment 
contains relief proposals of the 
only . kind sanctioned by ; the Su- 
preme Court decision to replace 
the vacated Sanctions-. 

"The case for these provisions 
might conceivably be met or weak- 
ened by proof of changes- in the 
defendants' theatre control occur- 
ring subsequent to the closing of 
the trial record. To the extent that 
such data is readily available to 
us we :are ourselves Incorporating 
it in the r6cord. But the plaintiff 
is not obligated to keep the record 
fresh in all respects desired by the 
defendants and the task is physi- 
cally impossible, in any event. 
; "The only way in which this 
court may meet the problem of 
(Continued on page 55) 



Self -Policing by H'wood ; 
Urged for Good Taste ; 

Washington, Nov. 2. :| 
The public's best assurance of * 
good taste and decency on the film , 
scVeen is self-policing by the pic- , 
ture industry, Arthur De Bra, di- ' 
rector of community relations, for 
the Motion Picture Assn., told a 
conference on children Friday (29), 
Session was called by the General - 
Federation of Women's Clubs in 
connection with a program of com- 
bating juve delinquency; it drew 
reps from nearly 30 organizations. ; 

"Each year," said De Bra, 
"hundreds of motion pictures are 
produced---films for all types and 
taste.s-^and they offer a wide vari- 
ety of entertainment for th e 
familyi Some few of these films ■ 
may not be suitable for all of the • 
family all of the time. The answer 
is not censorship but intelligent 
selection of entertainment.'' He 
asserted that the Motion Picture 
Code "represents carefully devel- 
oped standards whicli through the ; 
years have won wide public accept- 
ance and approval." , 



Negotiations for a settlement of 
the Government's anti-trust action 
have completely broken down and, 
short of an Unexpected revival of 
dickerings, the 10-year 'litigation 
will start another round Monday 
(8), when the N. Y. federal statu- 
tory court reopens hearings in th« 
wake of the U. S. Supreme Court 
ruling. The Big Four— Paramount, 
20,th-Fox, Metro and Warner* Bros. 
— called off their peace efforts thi« 
week in the face of an unsoftening 
demand by U. S. Attorney General 
Tom Clark that the companies re- 
strict themselves to solo showcasei; 
in- cities over 100,000 population. 
, Both Government and defense 
strategy point up a critical legal 
battle during the first two days oj 
the hearing, which may determin* 
the entire course of the new trial. 
Dept. of Justice has indicated to 
defendants that it will immediately 
ask the court for an order directing 
the majors to file a plan of divest- 
ment within one year. The plan, 
applicable both to partnership, and 
%vholly-owned houses, would list all 
theatres to be sold and how th« 
defendants propose to go about It,; 
It would also include any houses 
which the majors claim as -exempt - 
from divestiture requirffments. 

D of J^is expected to push th« 
argument that the Supreme Court 
ha.s ruled most theatre operations; ' 
illegal. It will contend that no 
further, evidence is necessary as to 
particular situations and that, ths 
only step now needed isjmplemen- 
tation of the high court decision -by 
a plan of divestiture. 

Major company legalites aro 
priming to meet the Government 
on the. issue, griefs currently be- 
ing prepared argue the point at 
length and maintain that the D of 
J must bring in new evidence re- 
f eiTing: to each of the thousands of 
situations in the country. 
;, If the three-judge court orders 
Introduction of evidence, it is be- 
lieved a long trial would follow, 
which) in turn, means added pres- 
sure on the Government to accede 
to a lighter settlement. Clark, it 
is thought, would then be on th* 
spot, partioularly with' a. new ad- - 
Continued 6n page S2) 

EINFELD SLATED TO 
START JAN. 1 AT 20TH 

Hollywood, Nov. 2. 

Charles Ginfeld, prez of the in- 
active ; Enterprise Productions, is 
set lo take over as ad-publicity 
veepce for 20th-Fox on a five-year 
contract starting Jan. 1. He will 
headquarter in New York. 

Einfeld's position is a new one, 
since .20th has never before had 
an ad-publicity veepeei As a re- 
sult, it's believed that no changes 
will be effected in the status of 
either publicity chief Han-y Brand 
or homeoffice ad-pub director 
Charles Schlaifer, Both are ex- 
pected to continue in their present. 
jobSi Einfeld would; concentrate on 
sales promotion. 

Twentieth thus becomes tho 
fourth company in the industry to 
assign a veepee rating to the ad- 
publicity chiefs job. Other three 
are Howard Dletz at Metro, Mort. 
Bl-umenstock at Warner Bros;, and 
Max Youngstein at Eagle Lion. 
Pau 1 Raibourn , a Paramount vee- 
pee, supervises that company'.s ad- 
pub operations as only a part of 
his other duties. 

Whether Einfeld's new job will 
mean a di:'<solution of Enterprise, 
of which David L. Loew is .board 
chairman, hasn't been deteimlned. 
Ent still has commitments to der 
I iver one .film to both Metro : and 
United Artists, biK will cancel 
Ihcm if tho company dissolves. 



Warfield's Added Stock 

Washington, Nov. 2. 

David Warfield, octegenarian 
member of Loew's ; board, hag ; 
boosted his stock holdings in tho 
company to a total of 24,510 shares 
of common. 

. Warfield's increased holdingf 
are due lo a legacy of 3,510 shalres 
from an unnamed estate. 



PICTVBE8. 



Wednesflay, November 8, 194S 



Decree Makes ASCAP Revampiiig 
Mandatory If It Wants Exlub Revenue 



Eat and See, Too 

Los Angeles, Nov. 2. 

While ordinary film houses 
are equipped with popcorn 
and candy bars, the new Rubl- 
doux Drive-In theatre at River' 
side features a Snac'n-Vue 
Room, in which customers can 
eat 'Whrle gandering pictures. 

Theatre, which opens this 
week, will accommodate 730 
cars and will operate all year 
round, regardless of weather. 



Smart lawyens may yet pull the* 

American Society of Composers, 

Authors & Publishers out of the 

hole dug for it last week by the 

latest decision of Judge Vincent T. 

Leibell in N. Y. Federal court in 

the exhibitors' monopoly action, 

t)ut industry consensus is that it 

will have to be an entirely changed 
..organization with drastically re- 
vised methods of doing business. 

Any such revolution, however, must 

•wait final outcome of the suit since 

both ASCAP and the 160 suing 

exhibs, headed by circuit operator 

Harry Brandt, have Indicated cross- 
. appealis following the ruling, 
In the interim, it is likely that 

the Federal courts will grant a 

stay of the injunction against, the 

Society. If so, ASCAP undoubtedly 

will have to post a whacking sized 
vbond to recoup exhib payments.; 

during the stretch from appeal to 

decision. 
Meanwhile, the early impact of 

t h e decision which restrained 

ASCAP and its members from col- 
lecting theatre seat taxes had vary- 
ing impacts and reaction on dif- 
ferent branches of the industry. 

These were: 

1. Against ASCAP, a possibly 
fatal blow to its theatre revenues. 

2. For all indie exhibs, elimina- 
tion, at least temporarily, of the 
need of meeting ASC AP's levy for 
performing; rights on films. Also, 
the possibility, if the Brandt ap- 
peal is upheld, of recovering pay- 
inients made to the Society in past 
years. . , ■ 

3. For affiliated exhibs, the same 
elimination of seat taxes. However, 
the saving is tempered by the fact 
that the parent companies own 
subsid music publishing concerns 
Which are "members of ASCAP and, 
therefore, suffer diminished reven- 
ues. 

4. As; to exhib groups, w h i I e 
both National Allied and the In- 
dependent Theatre .Owners Assn., 
the Brandt unit, have flatly ad- 
vised their members to halt pay-- 
ments. Theatre Owners of America 
Friday (29) declared it still believes 
the question of seat taxes is in 
doubt. Following an executive com- 
mittee meeting, TOA told: its mem- 
bers to continue depositing ASCAP 
fees in escrow until all appeals 
are taken. 

Elements of the film industry. 
Including TOA, believe that 
ASCAP can be reorganized, into a 
collection agency and operate ■ With J. Arthur Rank's "Hamlet 
legally. As an added condition, the building up grosses on strong re- 
Bociety would be forced to sell | views and word-of-moufn m a 
licenses on a per-piece basis rather *■ 



Uppert's 4 for SG 

Lensed at Republic 

Hollywood, Nov. 2. 
Robert L. Lippert will produce 
!four pictures on the Republic lot 
for Screen Guild release, starting 
this week, with the understanding 
that he will make 24 more if the 
present arrangement works out 
satisfactorily. 

First of the four is ^Rolling 
Cargo," rolling Thursday. OtherS; 
are "1 Shot Jesse James," Nov. 11; 
"Omoo," Dec. 1, and "Rirofire," 
Dec. 13. 



Columbia s Strong 
Next Yr. s Lineup 

Buttressed by its tieups with 
several indie producers, Columbia 
Pictures is staking out the next 12 
months as an important earning 
period with 14 top budget films to 
be released or produced. In addi-- 

tion, another seven top pictures i mission which would kill the radio 
currently in release will partially ' jackpot shows would be the "big- 
carry over into the next period to .^If 



Bill Brandt Likens 
Radio's Giveaways To 
Theatres' Banko Blight 

Rash of giveaway shows that 
have plagued the radio industry 
during the last year are a carbon 
copy of the bank nights that in' 
fested film theatres prior to the 
war, according to William Bi-andt, 
exec of the Brandt circuit, N. Y. 
Sounding, a ■ warning to radio, 
Brandt pointed out that theatre 
giveaways had practically run the 
entire film industry into the 
ground before a combination of 
circumstances, climaxed by the 
war, finally buried them. He be- 
lieves that the pending action of 
the Federal Communications Comr 



build the company's 1949 pros^ 
pects; Col's roster of pix for next 
year will also Include 27 "bread- 
and-butter" horse operas; and ad- 
venture films plus five serials and 
numerous shorts.: 

Major releases for the next per 
rlod will include "Knock On Any 
Door," Humphrey Bogart starrer 
now in production under the : San- 
tana banner; "Rough Sketch," 
Jennifer Jones-John Garfield star- 
rer; ''The Man From Colorado," 
Technicolor film starring Glenn 
Ford and William Holden, and 
"The Gallant Blade," Larry Parks 
starrer currently in a pre-release 
run. Top upcoming productions 
include "The Big Jump," with 
George Raft; "Wild BiU Doolin," 
Starring Randolph Scott, and "Miss 
Grant Takes Richmond," Lucille 
Ball vehicle. 



'HAMLET' INTO NEGRO 
CINEMAS ALSO AT $2.40 



than the present method of grant 
Ing blanket licenses. Should this 
change be successfully effected, the 
overall cost of performing rights to 
theatres would undoubtedly climb 
materially. 

To back their contentioni they 
(Continued on page 19) 



HUNTZ HALL ADDS TO 



has ever had. 

According to Brandt, theatre 
bank, nights were started: during 
the depression by a neighborhood 
exhibitor who, in desperation^ of- 
fered a $50 door prize to lure 
customers. : Then the vicious circle 
started, with competing nabe 
houses, forced / to offer similar; 
prizes, gradually pushing the jack-, 
pots higher. Big circuits, even, 
those running first run product/ 
were forced into the mess, until 
eventually almost every theatre 
was giving away prizes. Taking 
hold just like a. cancerous growth, 
Brandt said, the spiraling prizes 
started eating up -all the profits 
until : nobody was making any 
money and everybody in the in-: 
dustry, including studio producers,; 
were working only ; for the ; give- 
aways; ■ . , 

Even worse, Brandt pointed out, 
was the fact that bank nights be^: 
gan driving many customers, who 
expected to patronize theatres only 
for entertainment, away from the- 
atres. Exact situation is now tak- 
ing hold of the radio industry, he 
1 pointed out, with many former 
I listeners now bypassing radio be- 
! cause of what he termed the ''non- 
entertaining" giveaways. Radio 
giveaways started the same way; 
building gradually from the smaller 
programs to' the present . "Stop the 
Music jackpots, totaling as. much 
as $30,000. There's no limit to the 
amount of money that can be given 



'Wrong Number/ Teggy,' 'Belinda/ 
Julia/ Xarmeii' 'Rope' Pace Oct. B.O. 



October's Big 10 

1. "Sorry, Wrong Number" 
(Par). 

2. "Apartment Peggy" 
(20th). 

3. "Johnny Belinda" (WB). 

4. "J u 1 1 a Misbehaves" 
(M-G). 

5. "Loves of Carmen" (Col). 

6. "Rope" (WB). 

7. "Red River" (UAL 

8. "Rachel Stranger" (RKO). 
9 "Good .Sam" (RKO). 

10. "Cry of City" (20th). 



number of key runs; Universal's 
sales execs have now set an ex- 
panded booking policy for the film 
on the theory :"*that we; can road- 
show It anywhere in America." 
With that in mind, the American 
distrib of the British-made opus , 

is currently negotiatiiig to open i away under the present system, 
the pic in Negro houses both in , Brandt declared, so that the same 

cancer is now :spreading its 
tumorous growth over radio. : 

■ Filni business was cheapened -by 
bank: nights and many theatres, 
which ; couldn't stand; the drain, 
died in the sliUffle, Same thing is 
now happening in radio. Brandt 
declared, and he predicted that 



Washington and e I s e where 
throughout the counti-y. 
In no place will the pic play at 

WOOD HATE PARADE ^^t' vf^^ 

nabe nouses, according to Maurice 
With Hollywood film personali- 1 Bergman, U's eastern ad-pub chief, 
ties snagging increasingly unsym- 1 Company has set a three-vear pe- 
pathetic press treatment for their 1 nod for roadshows Bergman 
escapades, rumblings for a more ' added, before pulling the film for 
positive and aggressive type of , general release. He believes it can 
industry public relations program play jn 1,500 situations during this 
are being sounded by film execu- stretch ° , 1 

m^e thIn%nvTi^nfi'e?se Ttlifs' ^"'^ ^^^n^^'^^ Potential' 
«me' il^T ta^aooUng^outfit ^li^L^^e' 36^ mont"hr";f^?'"'''''° . 
whirh would be on call at all l.mes "^r*^^- " "9,1^1^ . 

to smooth over the situation if any hvT.r „ ^Tl^^ l-^u I 

•«nr» .s^noo^ peleh<! ee\ Intn °^ ""^ """^ profitable British 
ceieos get Into ^i,,^ ^^^^ ^j^^ American 

market. Record holder at present 
's another Shakespearian filmiza- 
tion. ■ 
up $ 
far. 



Study Amus. Tax 
To State, Cities 

' Washington) Nov. 2, 

A plan to turn all amusement 
taxation over to the states and cit- 
ies may be recommended by Con- 
gress by the Hoover Commission 
studying reorganization of the Fed- 
eral departments and agencies. 
This would mean that Congress 
would terminate its 20% bite on 
admissions and; on nightclub 
checks surrendering that entire 
field to the states and their sub- 
divisions. 

Currently 28 states have such 
taxes .which yielded them a total 
of only $14,216,000 during fiscal 
1947. In addition, a number of 
cities have such levies, some run- 
ning >as high as 109ci, as in Phila- 
delphia. Up to noWi however, this 
form of taxation has yielded only 
small potatoes to the cities and 
states. It thejr should get the field, 
to themselves," .however, they ob-. 
viously could make a good thing of. 
it, as : the Federal Government ■. has 
been doing, 

■The surrender would be in keep- 
ing with a suggestion of the Con- 
ference of Governors that the 
states and Federal government 
each stake outran exclusive field of 
taxation for itself, with certain of 
the excises being turned over v to 
the states. • Under the scheme, 
Uncle Sam would surrender his 
i right to all excises except two of 
the income-yielding big three— ^-to- 
bacco and liquor. 'The government 
would drop its gasoline. tax along 
with the other excises. A1.S0 re-, 
turned to the States would be the; 
estate taxes. 

In exchange, however, the states 
would have to drop certain forms, 
of. taxation which wouid become 
exclusively Federal, and there is 
the rub. Without such cooperation 
from all 48 states, the deal to 
switch the amusement tax would 
not take place. The -states would 
have to give up their income taxes. 



■♦■ "Sorry, Wrong. Number" (Par) 
rang the boxoffice hell nationally 
in October, according to reports 
from Variety correspondents in 22 ; 
key cities. The Burt Lancaster- 
Barbara Stanwyck starrer crashed 
through for nearly $800,000 total 
take in the past month despite the 
general pre-election decline, easily 
taking first place in the monthly; 
Variety survey. Picture was ninth; 
in September, month when it was 
just starting out in the keys. 

"Number" was substantially: 
ahead of "Apartment for Peggy" 
(20th), which started out slowly. , 
despite high praise from the erix. 
Latter put on a burst of strength 
near thedose of the month to take 
over second place. "Johnny Be- 
linda" (WB) was not far behind in 
third position, taking first place 
coin one week and Uniting second 
another in .the four^week compiW' 
tion. i 

"Julia Misbehaves" (M-G), on the 
wings of clever advertising, copped' 
fourth; spot. Picture ran four weeks;' 
at the N. Y. Music Hall, starting off 
with a smash $160,000, one of big- 
ger weeks at the Hall. VLoves of; 
Carmen" (Col) landed in fifth; 
place. 

Another Warner picture; "Rope,? 
was a strong sixth place winner, 
reaping plenty of critical acclaim 
as well as lots of coin. "Red River''.; 
j (UA) measured up to: its promise . 
I of the previous month to -wind up 
, in seventh, getting third place 
' money 'one week and fourth an- . 
other. 

"Rachel and Stranger" (RKO),: 
which; was fourth nationally in 
September, had sufficient steam to 
take eighth place last month. 
"Good Sam" (RKO), second place 
winner in September, landed ninth 
I position in the boxofflce sweep- 
stakes of October. "Cry of City" 
(20th),' which was inclined to be 
spotty early in the month, came, 
through with eno'ugh coin late in 
October to :.grab lOth position. 
' 'Runners-Up ' 

Other stout entries only showed 
enough stamina to reach runner-up 
category, offish trend of October ; 
keeping them: from getting; impor- 
tant coin. This classification was 
(Continued on page 19) 



television too would eventually fall 
piey to the giveaway illness unless 
the Federal Communications Com- 
mission steps in immediately and 
kills the plague. 



more screen 
trouble. 

These industryites believe it's 
practically impossible for the ,<;tu- 
dios to keep an eagle: eye on tlieir j 
Stars at. all times, to make certain .; 
they stay out of trouble. ' They ; 
recognize the human element and 
the fact anybody from Hollywood, I 
being so much in the public eye, | 

will always attract more attention, i Metro's Benjamin Thau and 
Mounting tide of anti-Hollywood Spencer Tracy arrived in New 



CONTE'S20TH FACTORS 
TWO PLAYS IN 7 YEARS 



..■ ' ■ Hollywood, Nov. 2:;.,,;, 
i Richard Conte's new contract 
■.rj.v— . ir,. i.t , I ^v'*'^ 20th-Fox calls for seven years, 

ii 7<frt S,y ' t'le three of which are with- 

$1,750,000 in distrib rentals so out options, with the privilege of 

taking time out for a Broadway 
legiter at any titne during^ that 
period. , During the other four 
years he will be permitted another 
eastern stage venture, with a heavy 
boost in pay. ::; ■'■;; , 

Conte's next film chore is "Hard 
co-starring with Valen- 



Thau, Tracy in N. Y. 



crl'^cism was lent further fuel this Y<""k from the Coast Monday (1). , 
week by the arrest on the Coast of Thau will remain for at least two i Bargain 
actor Huntz Hall (one of the Dead ' weeks for huddles with homeoffice '. tina Cortese, Italian"actress. 
tind Kids) on a narcotics charge, i officials and may stay over until 
and Life mag's pickup of the pic- I production exec Dore Schary ar- 
ture of actor Robert Walker sit-,"ves Nov, 15. 
ting disheveled and apparently ' Tracy is in on a combined busi- 
drunk in a Hollywood police; sta- ; ness.ivacation trip for 10 days 
tion. Such Incidents, according to While in N. Y., he'll confab with 

prove 



WB PREPS 10 YARNS 
FOR 1949 LENSING 

Hollywood, Nov. 2. 
Production at Warners, currently 
in a slump, will be hopped up after; 
the first of the year^ with six pro- 
ducers readj'ing 10 stories for early 
1949 lensing. Lou Edelman ' ha^ 
"Career Girl," "Classmates" and 
"Missing Persons Bureau;" Henry 
Blanke is preppmg "Bright Leaf 
and "Beyond the Forest;" Harry 
Kurnitz is readying "Miss Smith 
and the Octopus;" Jerry Wald is 
working on the Eddie Cantor 
starrer, "Rise Above It," and An- 

j thony Veiller is preparing three 

' untitled properties. 

All the pictures will be made 
under the new studio policy which 
lequircs all .scripts to be com-, 
pleted befoie the icrihing starts; 
thereby saving lime and costs. 



Chi 441G Trust Suit 



Chicago, Nov. 2. 

o u i . , „,^., , , - .-A S441.000 complaint was feed 

Such incidents, according to While in N. Y., he'll confab with in Chi federal district court against 
more bellicose industryites, .George Cukor, director of Metro's major film exhibs and theatre cir- 
that pub relations programs ; "Edward, My Son," Tracy's last cults, by Seymour Simon attorney 
based on attracting favorable pub- ; picture which was shot in England, for Grove theatre, Galesburg 111 
Ucity for Hollywood is okay as far | Cukor returned from London last Friday (29). ' ' 

as it goes, but even more impop- ,week and was scheduled to return I Weldon Allen, owner of the 
tant is the development of some to the Coast Saturday (30) but re- Grove theatre, claims violation of 
cystera to insure against such inci- 1 mains in N.y, for another week to ! the ' " ' 



dents hitting the public ^ress. i*ee Tracy. 



Sherman 
I trust acts. 



and Clayton anti- 



M-G Woos John Huston 

Hollywood, Nov. 2. 
; Three-year director : deal be- 
tween John Huston and Metro is 
nearing the signing stage, with 
"Battleground" slated as the first 
assignment. 

Contract would permit Huston to 
make one outside film a year for 
Horizon Pictures, in which he and 
Sam Spiegel are partners. Their 
first (John Garfield) is for Colum- 
bia release. 



STOCK-BUYING SPREE 
FOR 2 WARNER BROS. 

Washington, Nov. 2. 

Mild buying spree in WB com^' 
nion stock by two of the three 
Warner brothers featured -"insider" ■' 
transactions : reported ; by the . Se- ; 
curities and Exchange Commission^ 
during the month ending Oct. 1. 

Jack L. Warner acquired a total 
of lOjOOO shares in six separate 
transactions but gave 1„500 to the 
United Jewish Welfare Fund. This 
left him v»".th a net increa.se of 8,- 
500 shares for the period, bocsting 
his total holdings to 426,500. In 
addition, he has 21,500 shares in a , 
trust fund, 

Brother Albert Warner bought 
1,000 shares to .lack his total to 
436,200, plus another 21,000 of the 
common stock in a trust fund. Gn 
the other hand, Harry Jl. Warner ; 
disposed of 1,200 WB common by 
gift, but still owns 283,150 of the 
I company stock. He has an addi- 
tional 16,000 shares in a trust fund. 

N.. Peter Rathvon sold 400 shares 
of RKO. $1' common, but retained 
13,800. Robert Lehman, 20fh-Fox 
director, bought an extra 100 shares 
of that company's no par common 
during the past month, to build his 
holding to 2,600 shares. Edwin 
Van Pelt, of the Republic pix board, 
picked up 1,000 shares of that com- 
pany on the market and now owns 
2,600. 

Loew's, Inc., which has been 
quietly purchasing all the loo.se , 
stock of Loew's Boston Theatres, 
continued that during the month. 
It added 84 shares. It now holds 
123,263 shares of the $25 par com- 
mon of that Boston corp. 

During recent months, SEC dis- 
closed, Arthur C. Broraberg, mem- 
ber of the board of Monogram, 
bought up 1,300 shares of Mono 
via his Monogram Southern Ex- : 
changes. Exchanges now holds 16,- 
672 shares of Monogram Pictures. 

On the radio front, Robert E. 
Kintner, vice president of the 
American Broadcasting Co., sold 
2,500 shares of that company's 
common. 'He, retained 33,500. 



Every business has a TRADE MARK-'IVot many rate a HALL MARK 



It's simple to get o trade mark. 

Tell Uncle Sam you're going into business, regis- . 
ter the name, pay the fee and there you are— set 
to sink or svnm» 

A HALL mark is something else again. 

You Just can't BUY it. 

In England it's the official stamp used at the 
Goldsmiths' Hall, Lortdon, to mark the standard of 



gold and silver articles essayed by them. You 
can't get around that kind of weighing. 

In this country, the words have come to mean "a 
distinctive mark or token of genuineness." You 
can't get around that kind of weighing, eitherl 

And in about every country in the world, 
VARIETY has, for nearly 45 years now, been im- 
prinfed with the hallmark of distinction by the peo- 
ple of all showbusiness. 



NEW YORK 19, 
154 West 46th St. 



CHICAGO 1, 
360 No. Michigan Ave. 



HOLLYWOOD 28, 
6311 Yucca St. 



LONDON WC 2 
8 St. Martin's Plac* 
Ttalolgor Sq. 



LA. Still Lags But 'Hamlet' Hefty 
$15,000; 'Blood' Hands UpNice39G, 
'Breed' Tame $17,000, 'Station' 27G 



IjOS Angeles, Nov. 2. i 
Overall boxfTice continues on 
light side here as new bills fail to ■ 
generate strong biz. However, ' 
roadsliowing of "Hamlet" is sight- 
ing a very strong $15,000 on imtial 1 



and "I^eather GIovps' 
$10,000. Last week, 
(EL) and "Nanook" 
sue) (5 days), $5,700. 

Pan Paiiific (Prin<Coc) 
$1— "Red Biver" (UA) 



(Col). Okay 
"Spiritualist" 
(Indie) (rels- 



frame at small Four Star. "Sta' 
lion West" Is going to only medium 
f 27,000 in two theatres while 
"Pdi-adine Case" looks very slow 
$37,500 in five situations/ 

"Kiss Blood Off Hands" shapes 
fairly good $39,000 or better in six 
houses. "Untamed Breed" looks 
only $17,000 in four spots. Third , r^^A^^^^' 
and final frame of "Johnny Be- fl* Goddess^ 



(940; 85- 
(3d wk). 
neat $5,- 



Fair $3,500. Last week, 
000. 

Pantaces (Pan) (2.812; 60-$l)— 
"Walk Crooked Mile" (Col) and 
"Black Eagle" (Col) (2d wk-6 days). 
Only $7,500. Last week, fair $16,- 
100. 

Paramount (F&M) (3.398; 60-$l) 
—"Station West" (RKO) and "Jun- 
(SG). Mild $16,000. 



Imda" is breezy $40,000 in three 
locations. "Red River" on third 
round in > five small-seaters, is still 
good at $39,000. 

Estimates for This Week 

Belmont (FWC) (1,532; 60-$l)— 
"Untamed Breed" (Col) and 
"Leather Gloves" (Col). Under 
$2,500. Last week, "Spiritualist" 
(EL) and "Nanook of North" (In- 
die) (reissue) .(5 days), $1,300. 

Beverly Mills Music Hall (G&S- 
Prin-Cor) (834; 85-$l) — "Red 
River" (UA) (3d wk). Nifty $6,500. 
Last week, $7,900. 

Carthay Circle (FWC) (1,518; 60- 
$1)— "Paradine Case" (SRO) and 
"Million Dollar Weekend" (EL). 
. Only $5,000. Last week, "Cry of 
City" (20th) and "Smuggler's 
•Cove" (Mono) (2d wk-6 days), 
$3,100. 

Chinese (Grauraan-WC) (2,048; 
60-$l) — "Paradine Case" (SRO) 
and "Million Dollar: Weekend" 
CEL), Thin $6,500. Last week, 
"Cry City" (20th) and "Smug- 
gler's" (Mono) (2d wk-6 days), 
$5,200. 

Culver (FWC) (1,145: 60-$!)— "Kiss 
Blood Off Hands" (U) and "Sword 
of Avenger" (EL). Fair $5,000. 
Last week, "Spiritualist" (EL) and 
■/"Nanook^' (Indie) (6 days), .$2,100. 

Downtown (WB) (1,800; 60-$l)— 
"Johnny Belinda" (WB) (3d wk). 
Neat $16,000. Last week, $ld,800. 

Downtown Music Hall (Prin-Cor) 
(902; 85-$l)— "Red River" (UA) (3d 
wk). Good $15,500. Last week,' 
clrong $20,700. 

Egyptian (FWC) (1,538; 60-$l)— 
"Luxury Liner" (M-G) and "Secret 
Land" (M-G) (2d wk). Medium $7.- 
600. Last week, okay $11,000. 

■ El Rey (FWC) (861; 60-$l)— "Un- 
tamed Breed": (Col) and "Leather 
Gloves" (Col). Modest $2,000 or 
over. Last week, "Spiritualist" 
(EL) and "Nanook" (Indie) (5 days), 
$1,200. 

Esquire (Rosener) (685; 85-$1.20) 
—"The Illegals" (Indie) (3d wk). 
Oke $2,000. Last week, $2;800. 

Four Star (UA-WC) (900, $1.20- 
$2 40)— "Hamlet" (U). On "road- 
show policy. Very strong $15,000. 
Last week, "Apartment Peggy" 
(20th) and "Night Wind" (20th) (2d 

■ wk--4 days) (m.O:), $2,600. 

Guild (FWC) (968; 60-$] >— "Kiss 
Blood" (U) and "Sword Avenger" 
(EL). Mild $3,500. Last week, 
.'.'Love of Mary" (U) and "Golden 
Eye" (Mono), $1,300. 

Hawaii (G&S-Prin-Cor) (1,106; 
85-$l)— "Red River" 'UA) (3d wk). 
■■ Smooth $7,500. Last week, $10,700. 

Hollywood (WB) (2,756; 60-$l)— 
"Belinda" (WB) '3d wk). Good 
$12,000. Last week, sturdy $18,300. 

Hollywood Music Hall (Prin-Cor) 
(512; 85)— "Red River" (UA) (3d 
wk). Smart $6,000. Last week, $7,- 
400. * 

Iris (FWC) (828; 60-85)— "Kiss 
, Blood" (U) and "Sword Avenger" 
(EL). Okay $4,500, Last week, 
"Love Mary" (U) and "Golden Eye" 
(Mono), $2,000. 

Laurel (Rosener) (890; 85)— 
."Life, Loves Tschaikovsky" (Indie). 
Fair $2,500. Last week, "Mill on 
Floss" (Indic) and "Our Mr. Shake- 
,, speare" dndie) (reissues), $2,700. 

Loew's State (Loew's-WC) (2,404- 
60-$l)— "Paradine Case" (SRO) and 
"Million Dollar Weekend" (EL). 
Slow $15,500. Li-fit week, "Cry 
City" (20th) and "Smuggler's" 
(Mono) (2d wk-6 days), $12,300. 

Los Angeles (D'town-WC) (2,- 
097; 60-$l)— "Luxur.v Liner" (M-G) 
and "Secret Land" (M-G) (2d Wk). 
Mild $12,000. Last week, okay 
$20,400. 

Loyola (FWC) (1,248; 60-$l)— 
"Paradine Case" (SRO) and "Mil- 
lion Dollar Weekend" (EL). Light 

?!5,000. Last week, "Cry City" 
20th) and "Smuggler's" (Mono) 
(2d wk-6 days). $3,700. 

Million Dollar (D'towti) (2,093; 
B0-$5) -"This Is New York" (UA) 
(2d run) with Milton Larkin: orch, 
Lonnie Johnson on stage. . Slim 
$10,000. Last week, "Larceny" (U) 
(2d run),' with Josh White, others, 
on stage, small $9,100. 

Orpheum (D'town-WC) (2,210; 
eO-$l)— "Untamed Breed" (Col) 



Last week "Night Has Thousand 
Eyes" (Par) and "Night Time Ne- 
vada" (Rep) (8 days), $15,900. 

Paramount Hollywood (F&M) (J.,- 
451; 60-$l)— "Station West" (RKO). 
Okay $11,000. Last week, "Thous- 
and Eyes" (Par) (8 days), $9,200. 

RKO Hillstreei (RKO) (2,890; 60- 
80)— "Walk Crooked Mile" (Col) 
and "Black Eagle" (Col) (2d wk-6 
days). Down to $11,000. Last week, 
sturdy $23,000. 

Kits (FWC) (l,a70; 60-$l)— "Kiss 
Blood" (U) and "Sword Avenger" 
(EL). Good $7,000. Last week. 
"Love Mary" (U) and "Golden Eye" 
(Mono), $3,100. 

Studio City (FWC) (880; 60-$l)— 
"Kiss Blood" (U) and "Sword 
Avenger" (EL). Nice $4,000. Last 
weeki "Love Mary'' (U) and "Gol- 
den Eye" iMonoT, $4,400. 

United Artists (UA) (2.100; 60- 
$1) — "Kiss Blood" (U) and "Sword 
Avenger" (EL). Trim $15,000. Last 
week;"Love - Mary" (U) and 
"Golden Evp" (Mono). $4,400. 

Uptown "(FWC) (1,719; 60-Sl)— 
"Paradine Case" (SRO) and "Mil- 
lion Dollar Weekend" (EL). Slow i 
$5,500. Last week, "Cry City" 
(20th) and "Smussler's" (Mono) 
(2d wk-6 days). $3,500. | 
Vogruc (FWC) (885; 60-85)— "Un- 
tamed Breed" (Col) and "Leather 
Gloves" (Col). Light $2..500. Last 
week, "Spiritualist" (EL) and 
"Nanook" (Indie) (reissue) (5 days), 
$1 900 ■ 

Wilshire (FWC) (2,296; 60-$l)— 
"Luxury Liner" (M-G) nnd "Secret, 
Land" "(M-G) (2 wk), Fair $7,500. 
Last week, nice $11,800. 

Wiltern (WB) (2,300; 60-$l)— 
"Belinda" (WBI (3d wk). Good 
$12^000. Last weeki strong $18,- 
400.' 



'EYES' NOT SO BRIGHT 
$15,000 IN DIM ST. LOO 

St. Louis, Nov. 2. 
Interest in election plus rain last 
Saturday night and part of Sunday 
combined to slash weekend btt 
and is making trade very slow for 
week. Best showing likely will be 
made by "Night Has Thousand 
Eyes" but it is mild at Ambassador; 
"Return of Bad Men" shapes very 
.slow at Fox. 

Estimates for This Week 
Ambassador (F&M) (3,000; 50- 
75)— "Night Has 1,000 Eyes" (Par) 
and "Angels in Exile" (Rep). 
Modest $15,000. Last week. "Moon- 
rise" iRep) and "Smart Girls Don't 
Talk" (WB), $16,000. 

Fox (F&M) (5,000; 50-75)— "Re- 
turn of Bad Men" (RKO) and 
"Berlin Express" (RKO). Slow 
$16,000. Last week, "Coroner 
Creek" (Col) and "Lulu Belle" 
(Col), $18,000. 

Loew's (Loew) (3,172; 50-75)— 
"Pea body and Mermaid" (EK) and 
"Black Arrow" (Col). Dull $14,000. 
Last week, "Southern Yankee" 
(M-G) and "Secret Land" (M-G), 
$19,000. 

Missouri (F&M) (3,500; 50-75)— 
"Johnny Belinda" (WB) and 
"Apartment for Peggy" (20th) 
(m.O.). Fine $9,000. Last week, 
"Good Sam" (RKO) and "Rachel 
and Stranger" (RKO) (m.o.) (2d 
wk), $7,500. 

Orpheum (Loew) (2,000; 50-75)— 
"Southern Yankee" (M-G) and 
"Secret Land" (M-G). (m.o.). Nice 
$8,000. Last week, "Loves of Car- 
men" (Col) (m.o.), $8,500. 

St. Louis (F&M) )4,000; 50-60)— 
"Drive by Night" (WB) and "An- 
gels Dirty Faces" (WB) (reissues). 
Oke $5,500. Last Week, "Son Monte 
Christo" (EL) and "Count Monte 
Christo" (EL) (reissues), $5,000. 

Shubert (Ind) (1,500; 40-60)— 
("Rope" (WB) and "Lightnin" in 
Forest" (Rep) (m.o.) (2d wk); Solid 
$6,000 after $7,000 for first stanza. 



'River Big Splash in Pitt, $22,1 
'Blood' M $14,000, 'Eyes' Dim IIG 



Key City Grosses 



Estimated Total Gross 

This Week $2,793,000 

(Based on 23 cities, 233 
tlieatrcs. chiefly first runs, in- 
cluding N. Y.). 
Total Gross Same Week 

Last Year . $3,415,000 

, (Bas^d on 23 cities, 208 
theatres). 



'SAM' WOW $16,500, 
PORT.; 'PARADINE' IIG 

Portland, Ore., Nov. 2. 
Good pictures are coining the 
dough in flrstrun and holdover 
houses this week; "Good Sam" and 
"Paradine Case" look toppers. 
"Saxon Charm'! is on disappointing 
side.'.:' 

Estimates for This Week 

Broadway 'Parker) (1,832; 50-85) 
—"Paradine Case" (SRO> and 
"Daredevils of 'Clouds" (Rep) (10 
days). Big $11,000., Last week 
"Peabody and Mermaid" (U) and 
"Secret Service Investigator" 
(Rep), $11,400. 

Mayfair (Parker) (1,500; 50-85) — 
"Doctor Takes Wife" (Col) and: 
"Flight Lieutenant" (Col) (reisfues) 
(4 days). Fine $4,000. La.st week, 
"Black Arrow" (Col) and "For You 
I Die" (Indie) (5 days), $,4,500. 

Music Box (H-E) (1,000; 50-85)— 
"Apartment For Peggy" .(20th) and: 
"Escape" (20th) (m.o.). Sock $4,500. 

Last week, 'JRachel and Stranger" I Trim $13,000 or close 



Frisco Slow But 
'Eyes Hep $13 1 



(RKO) and "Mystery In Mexico 
(RKO) (3d wk) (m.o.), $2,500. 

Oriental (H-E) (2,000; 50-85) — 
"Good Sam" iRKO) and "Shed No 
Tears" (EL), (6 days). Day-date 
with Orpheum.' Terrific $6,000. 



San Francisco, Nov. 2. 
. Business j is very dullish this 
stanza .Mritfa . the plethora of hold- 
overs .cutting ■ into : overall total. 
"Touch of Venus," which rated 
disappointing reviews, will be only 
fair at Orpheum. Best .showing 
is being made -by "Night Has 
Thousand Eyes," which will do a 
comparatively, strong session at 
small St. Francis. "Station West" 
shapes okay at Golden Gate. 
Estimates, for This Week 
Golden Gate (RKO) (2.844; 60- 
95)— "Station West" (RKO) and 
"Bodyguard" (RKO). Okay $18,000 
or near. Last week, "Race Street" 
(RKO) and "Variety Time" (RKO) 
(2d wk) $10,500. 

Fox (FWC) (4,651; 60-95) — 
"Angels Dirty Faces" (WB) and 
"Drive by Night" (WB) (rei.ssues). 
Sinn $15,000. Last week; "Cry of 
City" (20th) and "Sons of Adven- 
ture" (Rep), $17,500. 

Warficld (FWC) (2,656; 60-85)— 
"Julia Misbehaves" (M-G) and 
"Secret Land" (M-G) (2d wk). Oke 
$14,000 or close. Last week, good 
$19,500. 

Paramount (Par) (2,S46; 60-85)-- 
"Tatlock's Millions" (Par) arid"In- 
ner Sanctum" (FC) (2d wk). Nice 
$14,000 in 5 days. Last week, good 
$19,000. 

St. Francis (Par) (1,400; 60-85)— 
ITOght Has Thousand Eyes" (Par). 

Last week. 



'Verdict' Smash 
$14,0M in PhiUy 

Philadelphia, Nov. .2. 

Hallowe'en parties cut' into, the 
Saturday night receipts at mid- 
town deluxers. but brisk Sunday 
night trade made up partly - for 
boxoflfice loss. Absence of new 
bills is hurting. ''Sealed Verdict'? 
shapes smash but "Southern Yan- 
kee" is not big. ' 

Estimates for This Week 

Aldine (WB) (1,303; 50-99)— 
"Isn't It Romantic" (Par). Fair 
$13,000. Last week, "Best Years" 
(RKO), $10,800. 

Arcadia (S&S) (700; 60-94)— 
"Rachel and Stranger" (RKO). 
Solid $5,700. Last week. "Luxury 
Liner" iM-G), oke $5,200. 

Boyd (WB) (2,360; 50-99)— "Loves 
of Carmen" (Col) (3d wk). Cooling 
off to $16,000. Last week, $19,000. 

Earle (WB) (2,700; 50-99)— "Walk 
Crooked Mile" (Col). Down to 
$16,000 after fast .$24,000 opener. 

Fox (20th) (2,250; 50-99)— "Cry 
of City" (20th) (2d wk). Mode.st 
$17,000 after wow $28,000 Initial 
frame." ■ ■ ■ ■ 

Goldman (Goldman) (1,^00; 50- 
99)— "Julia Misbehaves" (M-G) (2d 
wk). Still great $23,000 aftfer fancy 
$29,000 first session. 

Karlton (Goldman) (1,000; 50- 
99)— "Sealed Verdict" (Par). Smash 
$14,000. Last week, "Love of 
Mary" lU), $8,500. 

Keith's (Goldman) (1,300; 50-94) 
-^"Sorry, Wrong Number" (Par). 
Mild $4,000. Last week* "Sitting 
Pretty" (20th), $6,500. 

Mastbaum (WB) (4,360; 50-99) — 
"Johnny Belinda" (WB) (4th wk). 
Holding up with surprising 
.strength at $20,000; goes a fifth. 
Last week, fine $?,5,000. 

Pix (Cummins) (500; 50-ft4).^"No 
Greater Sin" (Indie) and "Children 
on Trial" (Indie) (2d wk). Best 
thing this house has had: in months. 
Great $8,000 after aboiit same 
opening sesh. Holding a third. , 

Stanley (WB) (2,950; 50-99)— 
"Southern Yankee" (M-G). Red 
Skelton film not up to expectations 
at $21,500. Last week. "Red River" 
(UA) (4th wk), fancy $16,000. 

Stanton (WB) (1,475; 50-99)— 
"Night Has Thousand Eyes" (Par) 
(2d wk). Fine $11,000 after sock 
$14,000 opener. 



Pittsburgh, Nov. 2 

"Red River" is the big spla.sh 
here this week, giving Penn its big- 
gest session in months and a cim-lt 
to hold. "Kiss the Blood OfT Iland.s " 
is packing a punch at Harris, and 
"Johnny Belinda" doing fine on 
moveover to Warner. "Night Has 
a Thousand Eyes" looks droopy at 
Stanley. 

Estimates for This Week 

Fulton (Shea) (1,700; 44-76) — 
"Cry of City" (20th) (2d wki. Slays 
just 4 days, with "Song Is Born ' 
(RKO) moving in Nov. 3. In 
abbreviated session, "City" was 
only $4,000. Last week, nice $9,500. 

Harris (Harris) (2,200; 44-76) — 
"Kiss Blood Off Hands ' (U), Good 
campaign, helped by p a. of Burt 
Lancaster here last week, paying 
off at strong $14,000 or over. Last 
week, "Walk Crooked Mile" (Col), 
same in 8 days. . . . 

Penn (Loew's-UA) (3.300; 44-76) 
— "Red River" (UA). Top piclure 
in this house In : months: Sock 
$22,000, and will stay. Last week, 
"Southern' Yankee" iM-G) and 
"Secret Land" (M-G), fair $13,500. 

Ritz (Loew's) (800; 44-76) — 
"Southern Yankee" (M-G) and 
"Secret Land" (M-G) (m.o,) Dim at 
under $2,000 In 6 days. Comes out 
a day ahead due to ''Hamlet" open- 
ing roadshow date. Tomorrow 
(Wed.) night. Last week, "Sorrv, 
Wrong Number" (Par), okay $3,5(jo 
for third downtown week. 

Senator (Harris) (1,7.50; 44-76)— 
"Walk Crooked Mile" (Col) (m.o,)/ 
Okay $3,000 or over. Last week, 
"Count Monte Cristo" (UA) and 
"Son Monte Cristo';, (UA) (reis- 
sues), $2,500. 

Stanley (WB) (3,800; 44-76) — 
"Night Has Thousand Eyes" iPar). 
Notices, for this one weren't too 
bad biit it's going nowhere. Maybe- 
$11,000, thin. Last week, second of 
"Johnny Belinda" (WB», big 
$16,000. 

Warner (WB) (2,000; 44-76) — 
"Johnny Belinda" (WB) (m.o.) Big 
$10,500 here after sock fortnight 
at Stanley. Likely to stay her*. Last 
week, "Smart Girls Don't Talk'* 
(WB) and "Isn't It Romantic" (Par), 
dismal $5,500. 



"Rope" (WB) (4th wk), fine 
$10,000. 

Orpheum (S. Corwin) (2.448; 55- 
85)— "Touch of Venus" (U) and 
"Shed No Tears" (EL). Fair $12,- 
000 or better. Last week, "Loves 



Last week, "Apartment Peggy" j Carmen" (Col) and "Rlarlr 
(20lh) and "E.scape" (20th) (2d wk), Eagle'' (Co?) (2d- vik) 



$3,700. 

Orpheum 'IT-E) (1,750; .50-85)— 
"Good Sam" (RKO) and "Shed No 
Tears" 'ED, also Oriental. Sock 
$10,500. Last week, "Apartment 
Peggy" {20th) and "Escape" (20th) 
(2d wk), $6,500. 

Parsmiount (H-E) (3,400; 50-85)— 
"Rose Washington Square';' (20th) 
and "Slave Ship" (20th) (reissues). 
Good $6,700. La.st week, "Walk 
Crooked Mile" (Col) and "Gay In- 
truders" i20th), fair $7,000. 

Playhouse (H-E) 1 1,200, 50-85)— 
"Walk Crooked Mile ' (Col) and 
"Gay Intruders' i20th) im.o,) (6 
day.s), Okay $1,500., La.st: week, 
"Sorry, Wrong Number" (Par) and 
"Adventures Casanova" (EL) (2d 
wk) (m.o.), good $1,800. 

United Artists (Parker) (895; 50- 
85) — "Saxon Charm" lUi. Fair 
$5,000 or negri Last week, "Lux- 
ury Liner" (M-G) (3d wk), fine 
$7,300. 



, strong $16, 

500. 

United Artists (S. Corwin) a, 207; 
5.5-85)— "Red River" (UA) i3d wk). 
Strong $13,000. Last week, big 
$19,000. 

Esquire (S. Corwin) (955; 55-85) 
"Loves of Carmen" (Col) and 
"Black Eagle" (Col) (m.o), Nice 
$7,000. Last week, "Urubu" (UA) 
and "Bush Christmas" (U). same. 

Clay (Roesner) (400; 65-85)— 
"Ireland Today" (Indie) (2d wk). 
Good $3,500. Last week, $4,200. 

United Nations (FWC) (1,149; 60- 
8.5) — "Cry of City" i20th) and 
"Sons of Adventure" (Rep) (m.o >. 
Thin $2,500. Last week, "Apari.- 
ment for Peggy"- (20th) and "Night 
Wind" {20thj im.o.), $3,500. 

State iPar) (2,133; 60-85) — 
"Kope" (WB) (m.o.). Pleasing 
.$6,000. Labt week, "Cover (he 
War" (Indio) and "Saboteur" (In 
die) (reissues), $6,500. 



Mills Bros. Up 'Storm' 
Lusty $13,000, Seattle 

Seattle, Nov. 2. 

Palomar is doing strong biz this 
week, with Mills Bros, boosting 
"Out of Storm" in resumption of 
stage fare at this house, , Best 
straight-filmer is "Julia MisbCT 
haves" at Fifth Avenue^ 

Estimates for This Week 

Blue Mouse (H-E) (800; 50-84) — 
"Apartment for Peggy" (20th) and 
"Big Punch" (WB) (m.o.). Okay 
$3,500. Last week, "Carmen" (Col): 
(3d wk), dandy $3,900 in 6 days. 

Coliseum (H-E) (1,877; 50-84)— 
"Return Wildfire" (SG) and "Jun- 
gle Goddess" (SG). Thin $5,000 in 
6 days. Last week, "Crooked Mile" 
(Coi) and "Triple Threat" (Col) (2d 
wk), only $4,600 in 6 days. 

Fifth Avenue (H-E) 12,200; 50-841 
—"Julia Misbehaves" (M-G) and 
"Secret Land" iM-G). Great $13,- 
000, Last week, "Apartment for 
Peggy " i20th) and "Big Punch" 
|(VVB) (2d wk), good $8,800 in 8 
days. 

Liberty (Ind) (1,650; 60-84)— 
"Night Has 1,000 Eyes" (Par) (2d 
wk). Fair $4,000 in '4 days. Last 
week, fair $8,000. 

Mu.sic Box (H-E) (850; 50-84)-^ 
"Touch of Venus" (U) and "Sword 
of Avenger" (EL) (m.o;). ■ Okay 
$4,000. Last week, "Rachel and 
Stranger" (RKO) and "Mystery 
Mexico" (RKO) (4th wk), $3,400 in 
6 days..:"' 

Music Hall (H-E) (2,200; 50-84)-^ 
''Peabody and Mermaid" (U) and 
I "Case Mrs. Crane" (EL). Dim $6,- 
i (Continued on page 18) 



'Tallock's' Good $15,000, 
Mpls.; lile' Nice 12G, 
life' lOG, 'Mermaid' 5G 

Minneiipolis, Nov. 2. 
Big Incoming football crowds' 
again, this time for Minnesota-In- 
diana homecoming', grid game 
which drew 65,000, helped Loop 
weekend grosses. More favorable 
weather helped, too, with busihess 
generally rosier. Ncwconier.s out : 
front are "Miss Tatlock's Millions'* 
and "Walk a Crooked Mile." 
Estimates for This Week 
Century (Par) (1,600; 50-70)— 
"Peabody and Mermaid" (U). Mild 
$5,000 indicated. Last week,"Decp 
Waters" (20th), good $7,000. 

Gopher (Par) (1,000; 40-'.50)— 
"Secret Land" (M-G> and "Reluin 
of Wildfire" (SG). Mild $3,500. Last 
week, "Eyes of Texas" (Rep) and 
"Pardon My Sarong" (Indie) (re- 
issue), $3,000. 

Lyric (Par) (1,000; 50-70)-^ 
"Blood and Sand" (20tli) and "I 
Wake Up Screaming" (20th) (re- 
issues). Good $6,000. Last week, 
"Canon City" (EL) (2d wk), satis- 
factory $5,000, giving it fairly good 
$14,200 fortnight. 

Pix (Corwin) (300; 50-70)— "Deep 
Waters" (20th) (m.o.). Ushers in 
moveover policy for house once de- 
voted to newsreels. Fair $1„500 or 
:over;-. ■ 

Radio City (Par) (4,400, 50-70^— 
"Miss Tatlock's Millions" iPar). 
Personals by Mary Hatcher and 
Robert Stack first two days but 
looks only good $15,000. Last week, 
"Julia Misbehaves" iM-G) (2d wk), 
neat $12,000. 

RKO-Orpheum (RKO) (2,800; 50- 
70)— "Walk Crooked Mile" iCol), 
Good $12,000. Last week, "Rope" 
(WB), socko $15,000. 

HKO-Pan (RKO) (1,600; ."iO- 
70)— "Rope" (WB) (m.o.). Strong at 
$9,000. Last week, "Loves of Car- 
men" (Col) (2d wk), .$7,500. 

State (Par) (2,300; 50-70)— "Time 
of Life" (UA). Moderate $10,000. 
Single midnight showing of "Night 
Has Thousand Eyes" (Par) Ilal- 
low'en brought in real dough. Last 
week, "Saxon Charm" (U), light 
$8,000, 

Uptown (Par) (1,000; 44-60)-— 
"Two Guys Texas" (WB). Good 
$4,000. Last week, "Life With 
Father" (WB), $4,500. 

World (Mann) (350; 50-85)— 
"Loves of Carmen" (Col) (m.o.). 
Third downtown week. Fair $2,000. 
Last week, "October Man" (ED, 
$2-,500. 



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12G, Teggy'-Kowey Sock 50G, 2d 



Chicago,. Nov. 2. 

Fair weekend weather and heavy 
advance flacking set up bonanza 
noening for "Johnny Belinda," 
which rates as best of five new 
nix here this session. In for four 
weeks under special exemption 
from JP decree, it looks hefty 
$28,000 at State-Lake. 

"Sealed Verdict" is doing husky 
$14 000 at United Artists while 
"Secret Land," hypoed by Navy 
brass on hand for preem, promises 
the Grand a so-so $12,000. "Rac- 
ing Luck" and "Untamed Breed" 
should garner Garrick okay $10,- 
000. "Apartment for Peggy," with 
Mickey Rooney on stage, leads the 
holdover parade with prime $50,- 
000 likely at Chicago. "Luck of 
Iri-sh," plus Jane Powell in person, 
is set for brisk $38,000 in third 
week at Oriental. "Station West" 
looks stout $22,000 in second frame 
Palace while "Song Is Bom" may 
land $26,000 on Woods holdover. 
Estimates for This Week 

Apollo (B&K) (1,400; 50-98)— 
•Hangmen Also Die" (Indie) and 
^Blockade" (Indie) (reissuesT. Nice 
iflO.OOO. Last week, "My Son, My 
Son" (EL) and ".International 
Lady" (Indie) (reissues), $9,800. 

Chicago (B&K) (3,900; 50-98)— 
"Apartment for Peggy" (20th) with 
Mickey Rooncy in person (2d wk). 
Smash $50,000, ; Last week; excel- 
lent $(52,000. 

Garrick (B&K) (900; 50-85)— 
•Untamed Breed" (Col) and "iRac- 
Ing Luck" (Col); Moderate $8,000. 
Last week, "Triple Threat" (Col) 
and "Blac k Kagle" (Col), $9,000. 

Grand (RKO) (1,500; 50-98)— 
"Secret Land" (M-G) and "Variety 
Time" (RKO). So-so $10,000. Last 
week. "The Pearl" (RKO), fine 
$18,000. 

Oriental (Gssaness) (3,400; 50-98) 
—"Luck of Irish" (20th) with Jane 
Powell on .stage (3d wk). Brisk i 
$38,000. La.st week, sock $51,500. 

Palace (RKO) (2,500; 50-98)— 
"Sfation West" (RKO) (2d wk). 
Solid $22,000. Last Week, big $28,- 
600 

Uoosevclt (B&K) (1,500; 50-98)— 
"Cry of City" (20th) (2d wk). 
Average $16,000.' Last week, 
ttiirdv $21,000. 

State-Lake (B&K) (2.700; 50-98) 
— "Johnnv Belinda" (WB). Big 
$28,000. Last week, "Julia Mis- 
behaves" (M-G) (2d wk), fairish 
$16,000. 

Surf (Indie) (650; 85)— "Mikado" 
(Ui (rfeissue) (3d wk). Bright 
$3.S00. Last week, $4,500. 

United Artists (B&K) (1,700: 50- 
98)— 'Scaled Verdict" (Par). Neat 
$14,000. Last week, "Gone with 
Wind" (M-G) (reissue) (1st wk). 
Slight $9,000. 

Woods (Essaness) (1,073; 98)— 
•Song Is Born" (RKO) (2d wk). 
Solid $26,000. Last week, sock 
$34,000. 

Worid (Indie) (587; 80)— "Beauty 
and Beast" (Indie) (3d wk). Fat 
$3,500. Last week, $4,000. 

'Blood' Bright $18,000 
Tops Buff.; 'River' Big 
17G, Skelton Good 15G 

Buffalo, Nov. 2. 

Biz sliapes a bit better this week 
but far from terrific. "Red River" 
and "Kiss Blood Off Hands" look 
to be strongest newcomers. 
Estimates for This Week 

BulTalo (Shea) (3,500; 40-70)— 
"Red River" (UA). Stout $17,000. 
Last week, ".Tohnny Belinda" (WB), 
$19,500. 

Great Lakes (Shea) (3,400; 40-70) 
— "Southorn Yankee" (M-G). Very 
good $15,000 for new Red Skelton 
comedy. Last week, "Apartment 
tor Pcggji" f20th), $16,000. 

Hipp (Shea) (2,100; 40-70)— 
^lohnny Belinda" (WB) (mo.). 
Great $12,000. Last week, "Sa-: 
laia" fCol) and "Destroyer" (Col) 
(reissues). $7,J.00. 

Tepk (Shea) (1,400; 40-70)— 
Apartment Peggy" (20th) (m.o.).: 
Trim $3,500. Last week, "Count 
Monte CrKsto'* (UA) and "Son 
Monte Crislo" (UA) (reissues), $3.-' 

Lafayette fBasil) (3,000; 40-70)— ' 
, Kis.s Blood Off Hands" (U) and 
'.Surrender Dear" (U). Big with 
SiS.OOO Last week, "TourOi of 
Vi-nuV ail and "Port Said" (U), 
$13,000 

Cenimy f20th Cent) (3.000; 40- 
70i— "Usee Street" (RKO) and 
Mu.sic M,m" (Mono) (2d wk). j 
n U $7,000 after fine $16,000 
last \u'ok. 1 



Broadway Grosses 

Estimated Total Gros« 

This Week $653,040 

(Based on 15 theatres) ' 
Last year . . . $722,000 

(Based on 16 theatres ) 



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Baltimore,' Nov. 2. 

Trade here is taking a slight 
spurt all along the downtown front 
with best activity being recorded 
by "Sorry, Wrong Number" at 
Stanley. Some better than average 
reaction is noted also for "Red 
River" at Loew's Century. "Un- 
tamed Breed," helped by vaude, 
looks steady at Hipp, 

Estimates for This Week 

Century (Loew's-UA) (3,000; 20- 
60)— "Red River" (UA). Making 
good $16,000. Last week, "Innocent 
Affair" (iJA), $13,200. 

Hippodrome (Rappaport) (2.240; 
20-60)— 'Untamed Breed" (Col) 
plus vaude headed by Joey Adamas 
and Tony Canzoneri. Steady $15;!- 
000. Last week, "Hollow Triumph" 
(EL) and vaude, $14,200. 

Keith's (Schanberger) (2,460; 20- 
60)— "Kiss Blood Off Hands" (U). 
Opened today (Tues ). Last week, 
"Night Has 1,000 Eyes" (Par), 
added mild $7,000 to okay first 
round at $11,700. 

New (Mechanic) (1,800; 20-60)— 
"Cry of City" (20lh). Not up to 
hopes at $9,000;. Last week; third 
of "Apartment for Peggy" (20th), 
pleasing $7,600. 

Stanley (WB) (3,280; 25-75) — 
"Sorry, : Wrong Number" (Par). 
Rosy $13,000 or over to top ; city. 
Last week, "Johnny Belinda" (WB) 
(2d wk), strong $11,100. 

Town (Rappaport) (1,500; 35-65) 
—"Lost Horizon" (Col) (reissue) 
Not getting far at $8,000. Last 
week, "Velvet Touch" (RKO), a 
bit disappointing at $10,400. 



PICnjItB GROSSES 



'River' Hefty $27,500 In 
. Prov.; 'Qy' Brisk 19G 

. Providence, Nov. 2. 
State's "Red River" is going 
great guns to lead the town in a 
strong session. Metropolitan's "Cry 
of City" shapes surprisingly fine. 
Majestic's "Johnny Belinda" looks 
good.' „ 

Estimates for This Week 

Albee (RKO) (2,200; 44-65)— 
"Station West" (RKO) and "Nanook 
of the North" (Indie) (reissue). 
Fairly good $14,000. Last week, 
"Touch of Venus" (U) and "Guns 
of Hate" (U), so-so $11,000. 

Carlton (Fay) (1,400; 44-65)—^ 
"Apartment for Peggy" (20th) and 
"Night Wind" {20th) <2d run), 
Okay $5,500, Last week, "Luck of 
Irish" (20th) and "Creepers" (20th) 
(2d run), $6,000. 

Fay's (Fay) (1,400; 44-65) — 
"California" (Par) (reissue) and 
Freddie Bartholomew heading 
stageshow. Active $7,500. , Last 
week, "Dear Ruth" (Par) and 
vaude on stage, $6,500. 

Majestic (Fay) (2,200; 44-65)— 
"Johnny BeUnda" (WB) and "Life 
With Grandpa" (WB). Fine $17,000. 
Last week, ■ "ApartmeB t for Peggy" 
(20th) and "Night A^ind" (20th), 
$15,000. 

Metropolitan (Snider) (3,100; 44- 
65)— "Cry- of City" (20th) and 
"Smuggler's Cove" (20th). Big 

,$19,000. Last week, "Canor City" 

' (EL), wow $18,000. 

I State (Loew) (3,200; 44-65)— 

I "Red River" (UA) and "Manhattan 
Angel" (M-G). Sock $27,500. Last 
week, "Southern Yankee" (M-G) 
and "Secret Land" M-G), fair 

I $18,000. 

I Strand (Silverman) (2,200; 44- 
\ 65)— "Night Has I'hou&and Eyes" 

(Par) and VRacing Luck" (Par). 

Opened . Monday (1). Last . week; 

''Sorry, Wrong Number" .(Par), 

(2d wk), nifty $11,000. 



'Bride -Monroe Brisk $75,000 Pace 
B'way Election UpbeatfBlood' Money 
At 44G, 'Musketeers' Smash ^ Zd 



'RIVER' FAST $22,000, 
D.C.; 'CARMEN' $19,000 

• Washington, Nov. 2. / 
Biz continues dull here, with 
prospect of election day competi- 
tion adding no cheer to depressed 
exhibs. "Hamlet," day-dating at 
Playhouse and Little; looks as big 
or bigger than first ■ week, t)eing 
capacity. "Lo v e s of Carmen" 
shapes lively at the Warner. "Red 
Shoes" at the National, is .taper- 
ing off a bit. "Red River" at Pal- 
ace is smash. 

Estimates for This Week 
Capitol (LOew's) (2,434 ; 44-80)— 
"Isn't It Romantic" (Par) plus 
vaude. Dull $17,000. Last week, 
"Cry of City" (20th) with vaude, 
mild $18,000, and below expecta^ 
tions. 

Columbia (Loew's) (1,263 ; 44-74) 
—"Apartment for Peggy" (20th). 
(2d run). Good $7,500. Last week, 
"Secret Land" (M-G) and "Night 
at Opera" (M-G) (reissue), hot 
$13,000 in 9 days, best at house in 
months. 

Keith's (RKO) (1,939; 44-74) — 
"One Touch Venus" (U). So-so 
$10,000, With drama desks turning 
thumbs down. Last week, "Tap 
Roots" (U) (2d wk), good $11,000. 

Little (Miller-Lopert) (287; $1.20- 
$2.40)— "Hamlet" (U) (2d wk). 
Sock $6,500. with bite from Guild 
and student discount rates paring 
capacity total in for run. Last 
week, same. 

Metropolitan (WB) (1,163; 44-74) 
-"Man-Eater Kumaon" (U). Sick- 
ly $5,000 for iirstrun. La.st week, 
"Sorry; Wrong Number" (Par) (2d 
run). $6,500. 

National (Heiman) (1,590; 85- 
$2.40)— "Red Shoes" 'ED (3d wk). 
Tapering off to $12,000 or less, but 
still plenty of interest Holds 
acain. La.st week, socko $16,000. 

Palace I Loew's i (2,370, 44-74)— 
"Red River" lUA). Smash $22,000. 
Last week. "Julia Misbehaves" 
(M-G) (2d wk), nice $16,000. 

Playhouse iLopert) (432; $1.20- 
$2 40'— "Hamlet" 'Ui (2d wk' Re- 
peats .smash $10,000 of last week, 
with extra performance this 
session. . , , , 

Warner (WB) (2,154; 44-74) — 
"Loves Carmen" fCol), Big $19,000. 
Last week, "Johnny Belinda" (WBJ 
(2d wk),.okay $13,000. 



'Peggy' Pegs Nice 
$15,000 in L'viUe 

Louisville, Nov. 2. 

Business is bright in a couple 
spots here this week, "Johnny 
Belinda" at the small Mai^^- An- 
derson going nicely and sure 
holdover. ''Apartment For Peg- 
gy" at the Rialto looks to top thcj 
town with nice week. . "Red 
River," at State, also shapes fine. 
Estimates for This Week 

Brown (Fourth Avenue) (1,200; 
30-40)— -"Sorry, Wrong Number" 
(Par), and "French Leave" (Mono) 
(m.o.). Dull $3,000. Last week, 
"Rachel and Stranger" (RKO) and 
"Gay Intruders" (20th) (2d wk), 
$4,000. 

Kentucky (Switow) (1J200; 30- 
40)— "Life With Father" (WB) and 
"Return of Bad Men" (RKO). Sol- 
id $3,500. Last week, "Beyond 
Glory" (Par) and "Up In Central 
Park" (U), $3,300. 

Mary Anderson (People's) (1,- 
000; 45-65) —-"Johnny Belinda" 
(WB). . Patrons.; are going for this 
onOr pointing to generous $9,000 
in 8 days. Last week, "Smart 
Girls ; Don't Talk" (WB), soggy 
$2,500 in 5 days. 

National (Standaird) (2,400; 45- 
' (Continued on page 18) 



. With the advantage of seven new 
bills dnd Election Day, Broadwayi 
firstrun . business is looking up: 
sharply this session. Election Day 
yesterday (Tues.) ; and upsurge 
Monday (1) night, pre-holiday, 
helped most deluxers to solid to- 
tals. All houses had the advantage; 
of ■ holiday scales. In addition to 
seven newcomers, five more new 
bills will tee off later this week. 
Mlm .theatres suffered as result of 
pre-election Interest and managers: 
were disappointed because depart- 
ment stores did not close yester- 
day. 

Pacing the new entries is "June; 
Bride" with Vaughn Monroe band, 
which is giving the Strand a smash 
$75,000 or close. Also in big money 
is "Kiss Blood Off Hands" with 
rousing $44,000 at Criterion. RC'r 
issue combo of "La^ Days, of Pom- 
peii" and "She" is the week's eye- 
opener at Palace, where socko $30,- 

000 looms. House broke all records 
over weekend, with week's total 
easily the biggest for Palace under 
current, policy. •: 

Capitol is highly disappointing 
with $50,000 on first week of 
"Touch of Venus'' plus Jean Sa* 
blon, Bettjf Bruce, sTed Straeter, 
band topping . stagebill. "Hollow 
Triumph" also is very: mild . $16,000 
at Globe. 

"Sealed Verdict,'' with Frankie 
Laine, Connie Haines, Jerry Wald 
band, started its regular run yes- 
terday- (Tues. ) i at Paramount with 
a big' day: "The Plunderers." too, 
is doing . remarkably fine trade in 
first week at Gotham with $15,000. 

"Three Musketeers," which made 
a new all-time high last week at 
State, is off about $12,000 from 
first: week but still terrific in sec- 
ond week: at $68,000 or near. Be- 
cause getting in -an extra show 
Election Day; "Red Shoes'' is land- 
j ing a giant $18,000 in second round 
at Bijou; which is capacity. 

"Gotta Be Happy" opens tomor- 

1 row; at the Music Hall after four 
I big weeks with "Julia Misbehaves," 
Anal stanza holding to fine $123,000. 
I "Snake Pit" comes into the Rivo- 
iJi the same; day. "Road House" goes 
I into the Mayfair Saturday (6).- after 

three ver> nice weeks of "Mournr 

ing Becomes Electra." 

• "Unfaithfully Yours;" with Peter 

Lind Hayes; Mary Healy, Jack Cole 
, dancers and new iceshow is being 
i launched Friday (5) at Roxy lol- 
i lowing three sturdy weeks of 

"Apartment For Peggy-' and stage- 
'bill topped ; by ; Kay i Thompson- 
I Williams Bros. 

J - Estimates for This Week ; 
! Astor (City Inv.) (1,300; 70-$1.50) 
—"Song Is Born" (RKO) (3d wk). 
{Second week ended last Monday (1) 
j night held up well at $32,000 after 
{big $37,000 opener. Stays on in- 
]def. 

I Bijou (City Inc.) (589; $1.20- 
I $2.40)— "Red Shoes" (EL) (2d wk). 
Second session ending tomorrow 
(Thurs.) is going to capacity $18,- 
000, extra show yesterday. Election 
Day, making this money, possible. 
First week hit terrific $17,000, 
which was capacity. Continues 
extended .run: ' 



'Spiritnalist'-Vande Hot $23,000 in 
Cincy; 'Julia' Lofty 16G, 'Belmda' 15G 



Cincinnati, Nov. 2. . 
Splurge of new bills and a stage 
show at Albee ;: have grosses gen-' 
erally doing a nifty nipup. Top: 
grosser is; "Spiritualist," - linked 
With vaude layout. "Julia Misbe- 
haves" has a slight edge on "Johnny 
Belinda" in leading the straight' 
filiVis. "Love of Mary" and ''Inno- 
cent Affair" are fairish. 

Estimates for This Week 
-Albee (RKO) (3,100; 60-94)— 
; "Spiritualist" (EL) plus Three 
f Stooges. Harmonicats, others, on 
> stage. Vaude injection,; on spoti 
{ ^booking,: boosting , this to big $23,"- 
! '00Q. Last .' week, "Apartment for 
! Peggy" '(20th), at 50-75c scale, solid 
, $17,000. 



Estimates Are Net 

Film gross, estimates as re- 
ported herewith from the vari-- 
ous key cities, are net, i.e.. 
without the 20% tax. Distribu- 
tors share on net take, when 
playing prccentage, hence, the 
estimated figures are net in- 
come. ■ ■ 

The parenthetic admission 
prices, however, as indicated, 
include the U. S, amusement 
tax. 



Capitol (RKO) (2,000; 50-75)— 
"Julia Misbehaves" (M-G). Rollick- 
ing $16,000 or close. Holds. Last 
week; *'Southem Yankee!' (M-G) 
(3d wk), good $6,500. 

Grand (RKO) (1,400; S0-75>— 
"Love of Mary" (U). Tepid $6,500. 
Last week, "Forever Amber" (20th), 
(9 days), okay $8,500. 

Keith's (City Inv.) (1,542; 50-75) 
— "Innocent Affair" (UA). Fairish 
$7,000. Last week, "Sorry, Wrong 
Number" (Par) (3d wk), hotsy $8,- 
500. 

Lyric (RKO) (1.400; 50-75)— "Se- 
cret Land" (M-G) and "Variety 
Time" (RKO). Sock ballyhoo of 
documentary "Land" via tieins 
with Navy Recruiting:- office re- 
warding with hefty $7,000. Last 
week,- "Time of Life" (UA) (m.o.), 
4 days, and "Wake Up Screaming" 
(20th) and "Blood and Sand" (20th) 
(reissues), average $5,000. 

Palace (RKO) (2.600; 50-75)— 
"Johnny Belinda" (WB) .Sweet 
$15,000 or near. Last week, "Night 
Has 1,000 Eyes" (Par), modest $10,- 
500. 

Shubert (RKO) (2,100; 50-75)— 
"Apartment for Peggy" (20tU) (m. 
0 ). Pleasmg $5,.')00. Last week, 
"Rope" (WK) (m.o,), same. 



Capitol (Loew's) (4,820; 80-$l.S0) 

"Touch of Venus" (U) with Jean 
Sablon, Betty Bruce, Ted Straeter 
orch topping stagebill: First week 
ending today (Wed.) looks to reach 
only moderate $50,000, but holds, . 
Last week, "Red River" (UA) with 
DeMarcos, Rose Marie, Nat Bratid- 
wy nne orch onstage (4th wk), was 
fine $40,500, 

Criterion (Loew's) (1,700; 70- 
$1.85) — "Kiss Blood Off Hands" 
(U),. First week ending tomorrow 
(Thurs.) is closing to rousing $44,- 
000 or bit below, best here in soma 
time. Holds, -natch! In ahead, 
"Walk Crooked Mile" (Col) (2d wk- 
10 days), mild $19,000. 

Globe (Brandt) (1,500; 90-^1.50) 
—"Hollow Triumph" (EL). Getting 
little help from crix and looks thin 
$16,000, holding over just one 
week. In ahead, "Rope" (WB) (9th 
wk), $11,000. 

Gotham (Brandt) (900; 70-$1.20) 
—"Plunderers" (Rep). Getting very 
nice $15,000 in. first week ending 
Friday (5). Holds. Last week, 
second-run. 

Mayfair (Brandt) (1,736; 6Q-$1.25) 
— "Morning Becomes Electra" 
(RKO) (3d-final wk). Final week is 
down to about. $16,000 . after okay 
$21,000 for second. "Road House" 
(20th) opens Saturday (6). 
■ Palace (RKO) (1,700; 40-$l)— 
"Last Days of Pompeii" (RKO) and 
"She" (RKO (reissues). First week 
ending Friday (5) looks -to : hit 
smash $30,000, best here under 
current policy of second-runs and 
reissues. House played to 17,000 
people Saturday-Sunday' to break 
all .records here. Circus bally on ; 
two oldies first released in igSS ; 
doing trick. Holds, In ahead, "An- ^ 
gels Dirty Faces" (WB) and "Drive 
By Night'.' (WB) (reissues) (3d wk- 
4 days), $9,000 after $16,000 in sec- 
ond. 

Pafamount (Par) (3,664; 55-$1.50) 
7-^"Sealed Verdict" plus Frankie 
Laine, Connie Haines, Jerry Wald 
orch heading stageshow. Opened 
yesterday (Tues.) with big biz after 
benefit preem for American Vet- 
erans Committee Monday (1) nighti 
■House .was closed Monday after- 
noon to prepare for this benefit. 
Last week, "Night Thousand Eyes" 
(Par) with Tony Pastor orch; Vic 
Damone topping stagebill (3d ttrk- 
5'/^ days), barely okay $43,000 after 
$63,000 for second. 

Park Avenue (U) (583; $1.20- 
$2.40) — "Hamlet" (U) (6th wk). 
Fifth session ended last (Tues.) 
night held up stoutly and aided by 
extra performance Election Day 
looks to hit better than $17,000; 
fourth was $16,000. Stays indef. 

Radio City Music Hall (Rocke- 
fellers) (5,945; 80-$2.40).— "Julia 
Misbehaves" (M^) with stagesho.w- 
(4th'-flnal wk). .: Present stanza end- 
ing today (Wed.): looks to hold up 
nicely, aided by Election Day, with 
$123,000 Ukely; third good $126,- 
000. "Gotta Be Happy" (U) opens 
tomorrow (Thurs.). 

Rialto (Mage) (594; 44-99). — 
"Betrayed!' (Mono) (reissue). Opens, 
today (Wed.). Last week, "Urubu" 
(UA) (2d wk), down to okay $9,500 
after fast $13,000 opener. 

Rivoii (UAT - Par) (2,092; 60- 
$1.25).— "Gallant Blade" (Col) (3d 
wkT9 days). Goes only two days 
past third session that ended Mon- 
day (1), with bare $10,500 likely 
for 9 days; second was $11,000. 
"Snake Pit'' (20th) opens tomorrow 
(Thurs.), 

Roxy (20th) (5,886; 80-$1.80) — 
"Apartment For Peggy" (20th) with 
Kay Thompson-Williams Bros., ice- 
show heading stagebill (3d-final 
wk). Third week ending -tomorrow - 
(Thut'S:> -likely will hold near nice 
$85,000, helped by Election Day 
biz;; after good $88,000. for second 
which was below hopes. "Unfaith- 
fully Yours" (20th) with Peter Lind : 
Hayes, Mary Healy, ; Jack Cole 
Dancers, new iceshow featuring' 
Arnold Shoda^ Joan Hyldoft opens 
Friday (5). 

State (Loew's) (3,450; 80-$1.50)— 
"Three Musketeers" (M-G) (3d wk). 
Initial holdover session off sharply 
from iirst week but still smash at 
$68,000 or better in second round: 
ended last (Tues.) night; first wa.s 
all-time higli for house at $80,000 
but below hopes. Stays here in- 
definitely. Higher graduated scale 
starting with matinees and fact; 
fairly short running time makes: 
this terrific business possible. 

Strand (WB) (2,756; 76-$1.50)— 
".lune Bride" (WB) with Vaughn 
Monroe orch heading stageshow. 
First w e e k ending tomorrov* 
(Thurs.) shapes to land smash $75;- 
000 or close. Last week, fourth of 
"Johnny Belinda" 'WB) with, 
Freddy Martin orch topping stage; 
was big $53,000. 



HTcdnABdayv Nevember 9, 1948 



FILM REVIEWS ^ 11 



The Snake Pit 

Hollywood, Nov. S. 
SAUi-f'ttX rcltaw ol Anatol* liitvak-Rpb> 
«rt Bisstar jwpductlon, directed by. Lit- 
vide. Stiin OUvi* d* Havlllandi Mark 
titeveniV Xe» Oeiui): features Celeste 
RoUn. Oleim Langan. Helen Craig. Leli 
edckion, BeuUb Bondl, tee Patricks 
Eoifecnplay. Frank Part6{i Mlllen Brandt 
buad on novel by Mary Jane Ward: cam- 
era. Leo Toverj mualo, Alfred Neumani 
idltor. Dorothy Ssencer. Tradeshown Oct. 

io. '48. Running time, lOK mxs 

Virginia Cunnlngtam.. Olivia de HavUland 

gobert Cunnlngnam. Mark Stevens 
r; Kik.i ' "Leo Qenn 

Crace Celeste Holm 

r. Terry . ■ ■ . • • . • < . • > > • • • .Glenn Langan 

Ist DavH ...Helen Craig 

'ordon. . ■ ■ • ■ . •••>Leit Erickson 

Mrs, Oreer ,,t ..Beulah Bondl 

Sylum Inmate....... '.Iwe Patrick 

Curtis. . . . ^i. . . . . .Howard Freoman 

Stuart ..... . . . . . . . > . . Natalie Schaf er 

Buth...^..... ..•...■«>■•• Ruth Donnelly 

Margaret . . . . . ; . . . . . . . . . .Katberlne Locke 

Dr. Olffordv. . . ... ... ... ^Frank Conroy 

MISS Hart Minna Gombell 

Miss Bixby , June Storey 

Virginia (age 6) ......... Lpra Lee Michel 

Mr. Stuart. Damian OTLvun 

Valerie i.-.-.A"" Doran 

Miss Vance Esther SomeVs 

Miss ..SommervUle ; .... .Jacqueline de 'Wit 

jHester Betsy Bliiir 

Miss Greene Lcla Bliss 

Xola. . - - ■ ■ . i . . i . . . . . . .Queenle Smith 

Miss Seiflert v . . , . . . . , . . .Virginia Brissac 

CQiintess ....Grayce Hampton 

Champion . ...... . . . . .Dorothy. Neumann 

SinRiilg Inmate v. . ; Jan Clayton 

Asylum Inmates: Isabel Jewell. Vititorla 
Home, Tamara ^baynei Grace Poggl. 



"The Snake Pit" Is a standout 
among class melodramas. Shaped 

■ by distinctive handling for - the 
carriage trade, it also has the in- 
gredients that mak« for popular 
boxoffice in general release. Mor- 
bid subjects, >vhen properly pre- 
sented. mt« broad b,o. acceptance 
and "The Snake Pit" WiU be no 
exception. 

Olivia de Havill«nd rises to new 
distinction with this. It is a 

^memorable performance, both for 
ieliovv professionals and the ■ disr 
cerning filmgoer, and certain to be 

;; the strongest talking point among 
the film's many potent word-of * 
mouth factors. 

Producers "Anatole Litvak and 
Robert Bassler started with a boff 
screenplay by Frank jPartos and 
Millen Brand. As ffirector, Lltvak 
has given it hard, shocking reality 
In the filming. It vis an adroit 
combination of realism and hokum, 
emotional but not maudlin. Pic- 
ture is based on Maiy Jane Ward's 
-nov61 of Insanity, a subject tliat 
would seem td make for doubtful 
screen fare, yet the skill in telling, 

. tilajring and direction gives it a 
palliative treatment acceptable to 
picture audiences. What re- 
luctance there ml^t be by readers 
of the novel to see the shocker on 
flhn will be overcome by exploita- 
tion and word-of-mouth. 

Picture probes Into the proc- 
esses of mental illness with a razor- 
sharp forthrightness, giving an 
open-lianded display of the make- 
up of bodies without minds and 
the treatments used to restore in- 
telligence. Clinical detail is 
staled with matter-of-fact clarity 
and becomes an important part of 
the melodramatics. That this 
phase of the picture Is interesting 

: bespeaks: the general abilitsr of 
those concerned with the filming. ■ 
Emotional peaks reach scream- 
ing tension and would have, 
stretched nerves even tauter had 
not the music score been permitted 
to . become noise. High volume 
I music is a hokum trick that is not 
needed ' to point up the melodra- 
matic moments in "Snake Pit," and 

. . can be easily corrected on the 
soundtrack. Qtiherwise the Alfred 
Newman music Is used properly as 
a subtle bridge tor the emotional 
going-on. 

Mi.ss de. HavUland Is .seen as a. 
ypung bride who goes insane and 
is committed to an institution for 
treatment. An understanding 
medico, Leo Genn, uses kindness 
and knowledge of mental ills to re- 
store her. Just as a cure seems pos- 
sible, she again plunges into a 
mental snake pit and starts all 
over on the road to insanity. Shock 
treatments, truth serum, and 
psychiatric probing gradually dis- 
close the source of her trouble 
and bnng her back to normalcy. 

Scenes in the Institution have a 
pathetic hopelessness as the in- 
mates are depicted. Scenes will 
arouse some guilty chuckles from 
audiences as the grotesque char- 
acters go through their blank an- 
tics. There is a touching, tear- 
3erking sequence Of a community 
sing in the asylum, with Jan Clay- 
ton vocalling "Going Home" in 
chorus -i^itii the ininales. Its only 
. tault is tlvat it goes one chorus too 
■jnany,,. 

Miss de HaviUand's performance 
Js likely to stand for a long time 
as a lop gauge tor judging femme 
mstiionics. Genn goes about his 
, part of the doctor with a quietness 
that gives it strength and Mark 
?/evens IS excellent as Miss de 
"ayiliand's husband. Celeste 
Holm has only a brief bit as an 
mmatp. Among those standing 
out in portrayals of insanity are 
S^tsj, Kair, Isabel Jewell, Beulah 
«ondl, Lee Patrick, Dorothy Neu- 
and Queenie Smith. Lend- 
mg good support are Glenn 
1-inghan, Helen Craig, Leif Erick- 
son, Howard Freeman and others, 
iechnieal credits are marked 



Miniahire Reviews 

"Tha Snake Pit" (20th). 
Class melodrama topped by 
smash performance by Olivia 
de Havilland. Big b o. 
■• "You Gotta Stay Happy" 
(U). High gear comedy with 
Joan Fontaine, James Stewart. 
Sturdy general appeal. 

'^Bonnie Prince Charlie" 
(color) (BL). Korda's $4,000,- 
000 spec long, ponderous and 
often boring. 

"The Countess of Mont* 
Cristo" (Songs) (U). Sonja 
Henie skating, but little else to 
recommand. 

■ "High Fury" (UA). Madeline 
Carroll In modest budgeter 
with solid emotional kick; 
good b.o. 

"The Untamed Breed" 
(Color) (Col). Mild western in 
Cinecolor, passable for the 
market, 

"The Plunderers" (Color- 
Songs). (Rep). Good outdoor 
fare for general situations: : 

'Leather Gloves" (Col). 
Good prizefight supporting 
feature. Story twists help 
make it pleasant dual fare. 

"Jungle Goddess" (SGS). 
White goddess in. .dat^cest 
Africa overly done and overly 
boring. 

"Quartet" (GFD). Satisfying 
and sophisticated entertain- 
ment. Should go well with 
American audiences. 

"The Plot to Kin Roosevelt" 
(UA). Crude BHtish-made sen- 
sational spy yam for U.S. ex- 
ploitation circuit. 

"Four Steps In the Clouds" 
(Italian). CSiarming import 
geared for hearty returns in 
art and language situations. 



with Uie class that distinguishes 
the entire film. Lee Tover's pho- 
tography is outstanding and spe- 
cial photographic effects by Fred 
Sersen add to tlie madness mood. 

Bros. 



It easy to take. Miss Fontaine and 
Stewart play it ably for laughs 
under the deft direction by H. C. 
Potter. .Karl . Tunberg functioned 
as producer and scripter, scoi-ing 
on both chores. He also used the 
same skill in casting the roles and 
every performer adds punch to the 
doings. 

£ddie Albert is extremely like- 
able as Stewart's flier pal. Kil- 
bride (in a new version of Pa 
Kettle, ' complete with - offspring), 
sharpens his country bumpkin role. 
Porter Hall is the absconder and 
makes it good for laughs. The 
newlyweds are pertly portrayed by 
Marcy McGuire and Arthur Walsh. 
Willard Parker, the groom desetted 
by Miss Fontaine; Roland Young, 
William Bakewell, Paul Cavanagh 
and others deliver strongly. . 

Picture is a Rampart production, 
presented by William Dozier for U 
release, and has been given a well- 
valued gloss to fit it for top billing 
in all situations. A humorous score 
by Daniele Amlitheatrof figures 
importantly and Russell Metty's 
lensing gives an expert displa.v to 
the physical values. Erog. 



\ Dulcimer Street 

i "Dulcimer Street," preeming 
at the 72d street Trans-Lux, 
N. Y., Saturday (6), was re- 
viewed from London in 
Variety,: Aug, 25, 1948, under, 
its original title of '"London 
Belongs to Me," Film was heldl. 
by critic Myro to be an un- 
even, picture tliat "starti as; 
tense melodrama and develops 
into broad farce . , . doesn't 
come olf." Universal i« ie<- 
leasing J. Arthur Rank pio.^ 
ductiim in the U. S. 



Von GeMa Siny Hapity 

Hollywood, Oct. 30. 

Universal : release, ol! Karl Turifcerg 
(Rampart-WlUlam Dozier) production. 
Stars Joan .Fontaine.' .lames^ Stewart; fea- 
tures Eddie Albert, Roland Young. Wil- 
lard Parker, Percy Kilbride. Directed by 
H. C. Potter. Screenplay. Tunberg from 
Satevepost eerial by Robert Carson; cam- 
era. RnsseU Metty: niusici Daniele Amii- 
theatrof; editor, Paul Wetherwax:. Pre- 
viewed Oct. 26, '48. .Running time. 100' 

Dee Dee DlUwood . . , , , .,. Joan Fontaine 
Marvin Payne. ... . .. James Stewart 

Bullets Saker Eddie Albei t 

Ralph Tatwiler. , .... .. . Roland Young 

Henry Benson. ........ ...Willard I'ailieiv 

Mr. RackneU .S Percy Kilbutlc 

Mr. Caslon Porter Hall 

Georgia Goodricli. . . .Marcy. McGutre 

MUton Goodrich Arthur Walslj 

Dick Hebert William Bakeweil 

Dr. Blucher ...... . . . ; . .Paul Cavanagh 

Martin. . .HalliweU Hobbcs: 
Jack Samuels. ....... . . . ,\ .Stanley Prager 

Aunt Martba , Mary Forbes 

Mrs. RackneU............. Bdltli Evnnson 

Barnabas. ....: .... ..:.'-- ... ■ .Peter . Roman 

JvA T»vj»-- .-Houseley Stevenson 

Baidc Watcbman ... ... .Emory Parnell 

Ted J ..................... Don Koiiler 

Neil ......... . ........ Bert Conway 

Night Clerk. ........ i.i^.Hal K. Dawson 

Mae . Vera Marslic 

Curly. V. ...... . J.. . .. ..Tlmmie Dodd 

Eddie Robert Rockwell 

Joe Joe 



Apparently the cinema queens 
of heavy drama have started a 
trend to comedy. Fhrst Greer Gar- 
son, then Bette Davis, and now 
Joan Fontaine. As in the first two 
ventures, the change of t>aoe comes 
oft' very happily for Miss Fontaine, 
giving "You Gotta Stay Happy" a 
neat boxoffice outlook. Her name, 
coupled with that of James Stewart, 
offers plenty of marquee gloss to 
give the picture Initial impetus. 

Fun content is good and, while 
the title is not a particularly bright 
tag to merchandise. It Is apt enough 
to the plot Script keeps the 
hokum pot boiling all the way and 
there are innumerable deft touches 
in writing and direction that make 
it a happv affair for light entertain- 
ment. From a mildly interesting 
start; picture picks up attention as 
it unfolds and delivers all that il 
promises in the way of 'chuckles. 

Stewart is seen as an ex-Army 
flier battling lus way in civilian 
life with a cargo plane company. 
A New York trip brings femme 
trouble when he Is forced to play 
unwilling knight errant to a slight, 
ly wacky bride fleeing her stuffed- 
shirt groom on the wedding night. 
The gal talks him Into taking her 
to California. It's an adventurous 
flight, with an assorted cargo such 
as a trained chimp, a corpse in a 
coffin, an absconder with his loot 
and an amorous pair of newlyweds. 

A plane crash on the Oklahoma 
farm of Percy Kilbride gives 
Stewart and Miss Fontaine a 
chance to fail in love, have a 
misunderstanding and then make 
it all up in California when ho 
reconciles himself to fact that she s, 
not a poor, misguided girl who has 
gone wrong in the city but is an 
licircss 

Plot sounds like a lot of fluff, 
and it is, but comedy knowhow in 
bringing it to the screen, along 
with topnotch performances, makes 



Bemiie Prin«« Charlie 

(Celor) 
(BRITISH) 

Liondoii, Nov. 1. 

British IdiHi release «t I/oudan Films ' 
(Sir Alexander Korda) Production. Stars 
David Niven, Uargaret Ldebton. Birected 
by Anthony Kinunins. Screenplay, Cleui- 
once Dane; camera fT«t3uiicidor>. Kobert 
Kraskcr. O. BorrodaHe: '«ditor. Grace 
Garland; music. Ian Wbytei - 'Kojmiag 
time. ISS HIN8. 

Prince Charles Ed. Stuart . : :I>a<^ Niven 

Flora Maodonald. .Margaret i«igbtan' 

Donald '..Morland Graham 

Blind Jainle. . .... ... .'. ...... .John Laniie 

Clementina Walkinshaw^ . . Judy Campbell 
King James, lU. . ... ........ l Henry Oacai' 

Marquis of TuIlibardine;.;.Flnlay Cnrrie 

Lord George Minxay Jack Hawkins 

Cameron of Ixtdiiel.. .. . Guy liC-lieiivre 

Macdonald of Keppoch,. . .FraskSn Dyall 
Kinloch Moldart . . . .Herbert Lomas 

Macleod o£ Maclcod. .Ronald Adam 

Macdonald of Armadale... .Stuart UndseB.' 
Colonel 0'SuIIi¥aar..i<....Ji^ IjOngden 

Glenaladale. , ', ...........Ileetor Boss 

King George, K Martin IBUer 

'Duke of. Cumberland. .Elwyn Brook..Jones. 
Duke of Newcastle .>. . .^G; H. Muicaster 
Captain Fergusson, R.N.. Charles Goldncr 
General Cope . . ... . ..... ; .JtiIieii Mitchell 

Lady Margaret IltBCdamild. Molly Rankin 
Kingsburgh: , James Hayter 

Colonel Ker ..... ... . . i i . .. .Tortai 'Huteber 

Young Alan o{ Hiddart.. . . . ;Sliiian t.Bc3c 

Clanranald . . ... ... . .i. . . . .Tammy Vaneaii 

Lieutenant Ingleby.... . flggb Xtdly 

Mrs. Klugsburgh .;.N^:Bia*nty!ae 
Annie Kingsburgh............ Patricia vtm 

More than two years in the mak- 
ing, and reputed to have cost up- 
wards of $4,000,000, the latest Alex 
Korda production £rom Irftndon 
Films Is long, ponderous and often 
boring." Devoid of the spectacle 
and pageantry which was to have 
been expected from this historical 
drama, "Bonnie Prince Charlie" 
plods Its dull and .weary way 
through a series of meaningless 
adventures that follow the failure 
of the young pretender to recapture 
the throne for his exiled father. 
Despite the money expended; it is 
not a picture to enhance the pres- 
tige of Britain, and the producers 
cannot hope to recoup much of 
their cash outlay from the Amer- 
ican market. . 

That it bears little resemblance 
to the history textlMok is neither 
surprising nor disappointing, but 
there is cause for real, regret in 
that a picture which occupied so 
much time on the studio floor ap- 
parently has little hope of earning 
more than a fraction of its original 

cost. ; - 

Of the two and a quarter hours 
spent in telling the story, only a 
small part is devoted to the battle 
of the Pretender against George 
of Hanover, and the rest of the 
screen time describes the Prince's 
exploits in outwitting the: entire 
English army, and eventually mak- 
ing his way back to France. But 
even the battle scenes lack, the 
spectacle and crowds, and despite 
the vivid Technicolor, are virtually 
colorless. As for the rest, it is 
nothing : more . than , ; a familiar 
manhunti lacking- the suspense to 
capture Ifie imagination, 

It is unfair to critici2e the acting 
by normal standards, as the leading 
I players, competent though they 
may be, are .given little , scope. 
David Nlven, for example, an 
accomplished actor. Is entirely out 
of place and not even a blonde 
wig helps to provide the illusion 
that he is meant to be the young 
Prince Charles. Much the same 
can be said of Margaret Lelglitoni; 
who plays the role of Flora Mac^ 
donald, the patriotic Highlander 
who helps the Prince to escape, 
and the other members of the cast 
who battle.' against unreasonable 
odds. Myro. 



The €«aaite«« mi Mmnle 

(SONGS) 

Hollywood, Oct. 30. 

Universal ideue af J«tm Beek (West, 
wsodj production. Stars Sonja Bote; 
featnres Miclwel :]Bi1iy> m|t> San Jam, 
Dorothy Hart. ArUiiir Xwkcher. FreMie . 
rrenUer. Directed by Frederkk Ite Cor- 
dova. Screenplay, Vraiiam Bowers: starjri 
Walter Reiaclu camera. Edward CroB- 
jager; aongs, Jack Brooks, Saul OupBiu 
music. Walter Scbarf; editor, Edward Cut- 
tiss. Previewed Ocst, X9, '48. Bunnloc 
time. 19 MISS. 

Karen Sonja Henic 

Jenny Olga San Jnan 

Pee Manning...... Dorotby Halt 

Paul Tfloi Cram , .Mi<ihael Kixby 

Uaoai^ac Director Arthur 'Ovacter 

pount Holtw ..Hngh Fmach 

Mr. Hansen Ra»»om Sbemiaa 

Skating Specialty .lYeddie.Tteoldier 
^Freddie.'. .......... .JoBn. 3wmtM 

Assistant Dirertor Arllnr (mmaeU 

Joe .Josepta Crdkaa 

Charlie Bay Tesa 



"The Countess of Monte Cristo" 
is a passable Sonja Henie ice film. 
After a screen absoice of neatly 
four years, the blade star eould 
have used a stronger vehicle for! 
a return. It's a flufijr to-dor^bout ; 
nothing, mildly amusiae at times. 1 

Six skating numbers are spotted , 
through the footage, all dtrne witb 
the expected Henie grace and s^cill ; 
but still not stiong enough to 
overcome other handicaps. Some 
femme attention will be garnered 
by Ii9Sdiael Kiiby. Miss Henie's 
real-life skating patlB^. who han- 
dles principal male interest In this. 
He films well and his personally : 
pleases. 

The John Beck production con- 
cerns itself with two Norwegian 
barmaids ni^o get' extra ntles at 
an Oslo studio and then take off 
with film property to fake Aeir 
way througn a stay at a swank re- 
sort hotel. Miss Henie poses as 
the countess of the title and Iber 
buddy, Ol^ San Juan, becomes 
her personal maid. Mistaken 
identity theme is milked from all 
angles as the fable anfolds. There 
are suave crooks, tich Ueotenants 
mistaken for doormen and sundry 
stock sttmts carrying the slight 
story thread in between . Miss 
Henie's production numbers; 

Pertness of Olga San Juan gives 
some life to the story and she 
pleases with vocals on three tunes, 
"Count Your Blessings," "Who Be- 
lieves in Santa Claus"?" and "The 
Friendly PoLka," all cleflled by 
Jack Brooks and Saul Chaplin. 
Dorothy Hart plays a character 
never made clear In the scripting 
and Arthur Treacher, resort host, 
^anages some comedy touclies. 
' Comedy ice specialty contribut- 
ed 'by Freddie Trenker is one as- 
sist ■ for the film. Frederick De 
Cordova's direction does its best 
with the 'Student Prince," never- 
never land flavor of the William 
Bowers script. Physical produc- 
tion values are moderate and Ed- 
ward : Cronjager's lensing gives 
Utem an okay display' . Brog. 



acters, thereby erasing (Jie line be*' 
tween fact and fiction, 

Yarn Is concerned with a was- 
orphaned French boy who, during 
the war, settled with a Swiss cou- 
ple with conflicting feelings for 
him. The wife (MisS Carroll) wants 
to adopt him In order to save him 
irom returning to a French orphan- 
KSt. The husband (Michael Ren- 
ifie), hov/ever, resents the boy and 
refuses to sign the adoption papers 
unless the vvife signs over her 
IHoperty. to him; But Rennie Is . a . 
£ood4ieatted heavy who, during a 
neive-tiii^Og Aljpine climbing- se- 
onence, sacHfices his life to save 
tiw lad's. The climax, though 
sligfatly eontrived to clear the way 
for « romance between Miss Car- 
roll and the village doctor (Hun- 
ter), is ntted in with a minimum of 
.artificiality. 

In one of her most highly suit- 
able roles. Miss Carroll plays with 
an emotional restraint and natural- 
ness that blends her into the real- 
istic settings. Hunter and Rennie, 
Iftewise, roe^ter as credible char- 
acters. As the young boy, Michael 
McKeag evokes sympathy with hli 
suggestion of inward fear and tor- 
ture. The rest «tf tiie cast play their 
bit roles to the hilt. 

Added impact is (iven by first- 
rate outdoor camen work with 
strildng shots of the Swiss peaks 
and a stirring score by Bernard 
Ciun. Henn. 



The IJaiaaMNl Svecd 

CCOLOK) 

Hollywood. Oct, 29. 

Colomlna ndeaac 9t Harry Joe Brown 
prodncUao. Stan Saanr IWU. Barbara 
BriMou. Geacce 'XiaMqr" Baixew features 
Edcar Bawteaaa. WOllaai Itismw Gcorg* 
8: Stone. Sawyer. Gecawa Jiooes. Di- 
rected by dsariea I ismet Screenplay, 
Tom Beed; tased vB Satevteawt alary by 
BU Colter; ouateim tClMcanr}. Charlea 
VmUm, Jij editor, JeratM Tti—s At 
aw Vacne. HeUywoed. Oct. XT,-'-4S. Bulf 
nlng tisDe. ?t MIXB. 

Tem KBBataiek...... Saaair Tuftt 

Cherry . Ijacaa . . .'.v. w ... .....Bartarai' Sdtttoa '.' 

Windy taicaB'.....iCeofXe ''"GaMw" Itaye*.: 

John Bambeau . . .JBdcar UniihaiBBn 
larch Xeegazi — . . . WiUiaia : XUhop 
Pablo..... ...............Gcacse E. .Stwi* 

Hoy Keeiaa>....v...:;. :.'.J«c Sawyer 

Happy Xcesan. . H wrt m Jeaes 

StanX ,........9aMa ndcwaod 

XHsta Janea Harry Tyler 

Mrs. Jeates .. .VlmSida Biteao 

Oklahoma Seed Bawci 



nigU Vury 



' United Artists release of Peak Film 
; Gvor McLaren) production. Stars Made- 
I Icine Carroll; features Ian Hunter, Ml- 
.chael Itennie. Directed by Harold .Frehch. 
OrlKinal screenplay, Harold French and 
Le,^lev Storm; camera, Derek Williams: 
editor; A, S. Bates, Walter Klee; score. 
Dr. BemaTd Gran. Tradeshown N. Y.. 
Kov. 1, '48. Running time, 71 MINS, 
Magda . . ...Madeleine Carroll 

Anton Ian Hunter 

Rudolph. : . .. , ; . , .; .. .Micbael Rennie 
Louise.'... .Anne Marie Blanc 

tloger.,., ^.Mudud McKeag 

.ToBcpliv.. , . . ., ..-.'....... , ; ..'. .Arnold Marie 

Benno . . :.. . . . . i ... . . . WUU Pueter 

Fii ederick. ....... .Ibuc Hauiler 

Maria. . .. . ...... . .. ..... . .Margareto Hoff 

President: . ..... .Gerard Kcmplnslci 



The most e»ating Uaag about 
'"Hie Untamed Breed" is the title. 
It's a mildly active galloper that 
fails, to get underway. What lure, it 
unll have at boxoSioe will depend 
mnm a. familiar cast Cinecolor 
^imsa it an okay production dress, 
but otherwise, it's run-of-the-mill. 
. There's no division between 
good and evil in the plot, script 
depending upon menace for antl« 
social attitude adopted by Pecos 
country ranchers towards a south 
Texan who wants them to improve 
their herds with a Brahma bull 
strain. Sonny Tufts is a misfit as 
the Texan with ambition, never, 
making the role believable, Bal* 
ance of cast fits better, into ouN 
door characters but fails to giv* 
much of a lift to unfoldment. 

Defter guidance in aU. depart- 
ments might have made a good 
sliow out of the original story, but 
scripting, direction and playing is 
too formula to breed excitement. A 
modest thrill or two develops when 
the Brahma escapes and wreaks 
havoc on the ranches, and when 
Tufts has to catch and tame a wild 
] horse to bring in tha ruit^ bull, 
i A free-forrall between Tufts and 
I WiUiain Bishop, former romantia 
1 rival, should have been a high 
spot. Instead, it's a ridiculously 
stagey melee with only comio 
values. T^at and other pitfalls 
prove, too much for Charles La"'- 
mont's direction. 

George "Gabby' Hayes plays his 
standard ' western character ana 
does okay. Barbara Biitton looks 
good in color as the heroine. Ed- 
gar Buchanan, Bishop, Joe Sawyer, 
Gordon Jones and others try hard. ; 
Production by Harry Joe Brown 
furnishes acceptable western set- 
tings for the plot and Charles Law- - 
ton, Jr., does justice by the scenery 
with his color lensing. Bro0. 



U-I, Brecher in Deal 

I Hollwood, Nov- 2. 

U-I's deal with Irving Brecher 
calls for a maximum of seven 
features, beginning with "Lite of 
Riley,'' indicating possible series 
based on airshow. Bill Bendix 

' starrer probably will wind up. 
Monday (8), three days ahead of 
31-day schedule, at cosli somewhat 

I over $850,000. 



; This is an appealing film about 
displaced war children which wiU 
' generate nice response at the box- 
j oftice, I^XKluced on location in a 
Swiss mountain village, "High 
I Fury" is warm, simple and sincere. 
I Through excellent work by all eon- 
, cemed with this effort, the enter- 
Uainment values have been 
stretched far beyond its modest 
budget resources. 

This film has absorbed some of 
that realistic flavor found in 
superior continental productions. 
Against its authentic background, 
it unfolds a believable story with a 
cast that captures all the human 
nuances. Madeleine Carroll and 
Ian Hunter, the only two names 
known in the U. S.; play with in- 
telligence' and sen.sitivity, setting 
the tone for the rest of the cast. 
Expert direction, also neatly IntcT- 
grated' into the story a flock of un* 
professional liids and village char- 



The I*lunderers 

(COLOR-SONGS) 

Hollywood, Oct. 29. 

^ Bepnblic lelease of Joseph Kane pro- 
duction, directed by Kane. Stan Kot 
Cameroit, Hona Massey. Adl'lan Booth,' fea- 
tores Forrest Tucker. George Clevdand, 
Grant 'Withers, Taylor Holmes. Paul FU, 
Screenplay, Gerald Geraghty, GcraM 
Adams: based on am original by Jaaaeg 
Edward Grant: camera (^IMicOier), JacK 
Marta; music, Dale Butts: editor, .4rthur' 
Roberts. Previewed Oct. 3K *hU. Binutinf ; 
time. 87 MINS. 

John Brum ... Rod Cameroa 

Un Conner . . . .Uona Massey 

Julie McCab* Adrian Bootb 

Whit Lacey Forrest Tucker 

Sam Burden.. .....'....;. George' Glevelana 

Tap Lawrence , . , , , Grant Wttbera 

Eben Martin.. ....... i..,. Taylor Iloltneg. 

Calico Paul Fla 

i Bamaby Francis Ford 

' Sgt. Major Jaines Flavin 

( Cavalry Colonel;. ...... ....RiuseU RIeka 

I Old Dame v Maude lAmme 

I Pioneei Girl .Mary Ruth Wad* 

I Sentry .; ... ...... ; :Louls R, I'ausi 

I "The Plunderers" comes equipped 
I with all the standard outdoor ac- 
tion appurtenances to measure up 
for the general situations. From 
(Continued on page ID 



11 



Wednesday* November 1^4t 




27 YEAR RECORD! 

New all-time high at Loew's State, Broadway's De Luxe Show Shop, 
topping famed "Easter Parade," previous record-holder! 

HAPPY THANKSGIVING! 

Simultaneous bookings nationwide for the biggest holiday clean-up ever! 

TRADE PRESS RIGHT! 

"Heavy money picture."— iW. P. Daily, "Smash hit, has everything,"— 
Boxoffice. "Everything a showman's heart could wish for."— 31. P. Herald, 
"Top grosser. Standout."— £jf^/^/Von "Smash business." Showmen's Trade 
.Review, "Socko boxoffice right down the Uae."— Variety. 

N. Y. PRESS DITTO! 

"Big wonderful picture."~5«». "A heaping dish."— T/w«. "Superb exam- 
ple of Hollywood production magnitude."— Hem/flT Tribune, "Dumas tale 
screened in rootih', tootin' style."— Journal-American. "Unadulterated en- 
tertainment for Broadway film shoppers."— N^m. "Will start the blood 
tAcing."— Mirror. "Lana Turner lavishes her earthy charms more than 
ever," — World-Telegram. 



t Bt. lUrtla't riitf«, TfufnIgM tjqmira 



INTHtlVATIOIirAL 



IS 



Indie Nstribs Stance on French 
Treaty Likely to Cause Mad Scramble 



New Franco-American f i 1 
agreement, which limits any single 
U. S. distributor's export to France 
to 11 pictures a year, will eventu- 
ally resolve itself into a mad 
scramble among the smaller com- 
panies, such as Republic jind Mon- 
ogram, to sew up French distrib 
rights for American major product. 
That's the opinion of indie film pro- 
ducers, who regard the agreement 
as only a method seized' on by the 
majors to beat them out . in cora- 
petition for the French market. 
Under the plan, the total U. S. 



British Prods.-Exhibs 
To Renew Rental Talks 



London, Kov. 2. | 
jekleading pro^^^^ have feeeh j 
nominated by the British Flim- 
Producers Assrii to participate in 
renewed talks on rentals with the 
Cittcmatoferaph Ekhlbitprs Assnv 
delegsition, ; heftdedi by ^Jl Arthuir 
Hank, his top aide jdhlti Davis, Sir; 
, Henry French, prez of the BFPA, 
export to France IS limited to 121 Siv Arthur Jarratt, represent- 
films yearly, which has been broken I ing Sir Alexander Korda, also in- 
down to 11 films for each of the 10 | Qiudes a number of indie film- 
distrib outfits and 11 for the com- ' makers. 

bined indie producers. Now that, Several preliminary meetings 



Straus' Zurich Preem 

V London, Nov. 2. 

Oscar Straus has left for Zurich, 
where he'll conduct the premiere 
of his new operetta, "Die Musik 
Kommt" ("Here Comes the Waltz'*) 
at the Opera House, Nov, 6. 

Straus was guest conductor with 
the London Symphony Orchestra 
at Empress Hall, here, Oct. 17, to 
draw a ■ capacity crowd of . 10,000, 
and score a rousing raccesi. - 



Hmgar^Fib 



Brazil's Ceilii^i on Fiim Rmtak 
Irks U. S. Distribs, Who Fear Spread 



' 't ActioD of the Brazilian gorem* 
A • r I •! w " v ment last week in clamping a ceil* 
AnSSie ExIUDS^ irying lO I'^S Amencan aim rentes may 



turn out to be the most disastroui 



Niv Rvilieli llt^ fliiAla ! re.st'riction yet placed on U. S. di9- 
IIU DlillMl IJ/o yUWWitributors abroad. That's the alarm- 



ed reaction of top industry official!, 
who point out that Brazil's arbi- 
trary ceiling for the first time im- 
poses a limit on the amount of 
money that American, pictures can 



Brisbane, Oct. 27. 
Queensland 'ei^hibitors will ap- 
peal shortly to have the 15% com- 
pulsory screening of British plx 
nixed. If they succeed, understand' J . 
ing is that exhibs throughout the learn at A :£oragn bfeSaBfEiw^ 
Aussie zone will ask for similar; as a result of opposition to th* 
- ■! ^ , i. i i i:; , new Brazil . arrangement.; higmb^ri 
Mi«onty of exhibs feel tha t of the ■ Motlon^^^^^^^ ^ 
BriUsh pix should npw be allowed j,^^- ^^^^^^ 

to stand on their own boxofTice nj,^ ^^^^ ^j^^ gy^ject coming 
Washington, Nov. 2. feet without benefit of quota. , „ ^ j„ ^ j^jp^.^ meet 
Nationalizaiion-of the Hungarian -^."^^^^^^^^^^^ ^ff i ^.f^.^ week^or^ next. 



thrsmalfer companies, which had i amon'g'Tlie commVtTee' Wmbrrs'ls ' ^ picture industry has been JIf pix actually contraSed'W. This I ^ p^*^*^^^^^ 
never released_more than five or ' anticipated to determine final, pol- virtually completed with the ere- . gives British pix easy sledding with Lj gyj^j^g^^g casting about for 
^'T^u V'"' I they get together with ation of three government cor-'th e 15% compulsory screening , j ^j^i^, '^^^^i^ ^ ^ U^y,^ 



need 11, they'll be making all sorts | the CEA 
'of deals with the majors for the 
balance of their quotas. Majors, 
of^ course, will snare a majority of 
the earnings .on such films, which 
mean$ they'll actually be releasing 
more than their «uota of 11. 

Indies, while deciding . to go 
along with the plan as the only way 
left open to them, continue to re- 
gard it as extremely unnecessary. 
Already-established boxoHice quota 
in France, which guarantees French 
pictures five out of each 13 weeks' 
playing time, was sufficient to pro- 
tect the French industry, they be- 
lieve. That: set up a 40% quota for 
the French, which is comparable 
to the British 45% quota. And if 
that was enough for the British, 
the indies aver, why the need for 
the French to, impose the numeric 
cal restrictions? 



Rank Referring Denham 
Strike of 1,700 Workers 
To Govt. Arbitration 



London/ Nov. 2. 



; order. 
British 



pix in 



, I may follow Brazil's lead. Past 

recent months i g^^^^g already proved that 



porations to handle production, , 

distribution and exhibition. ' i , _ - i. . . , , , ^.v....t, 

Maevar Filevarto Nv (Huncarian "u^"- sliPPinB badly here, y^^^ j^^^^ ^ mushrooming 

Magyar rugyario wv munganan ^ai^jy because of poor story ma- « j u j „„ „_„ -tv,-" 

Motion Picture Manufacturing Na- terial featuring heavy drama. ^^'^ ^''^ ^'^^ 

tional Enterprise) has been ere- i . ■ ■ ■ ; 

ated to produce. Magyar Film-' .-^ , , p /i 

forgalmi Nv (Hungarian Film gugleS llOtS iSOOr teUSOr 



Failing to .settle a strike of puzemi Nv has been developed to 
1,700 workers at his Denham ! operate build and use theatres, 
studio, J. Arthur Bank has referred | Revamp - of the industry has 
the dispute through the medium \ three goals, according to Nathan 



Trading) is set up for distribu- , .. » -y 

tl&me^f iT Mo°.U- Reception in Aussie Due 



To Profanity, But Biz Boff 

Sydney, Oct. 27. 
Action of the police in tempo- 



effect: And, bad as are the other 
restrictive measures now 'in fore* 
against U.S. films in foreign conn- 
tries, if other governments also de- 
cide . to put a; lid on .rentals, tha ■ 
American : industry wiU be 'in : ■ 
worse position abroad than ever, 
according to the film {Spokesmen. 

New deal was set with Brazil last 
week by Gerald Mayer, head of the 
Motion Picture Assn. of America'! 

Industry 



of the British Film Producers , D. Golden, of Dept. of Commerce, rarily closing a production of '"if5/itJ"'"^„ L"-/! 

Assn. to the Labor Mmlstry forll. To step up share of home-made | Sumner Locke-Elliott's army life ^h?L ^^^«^rt 

arbitration. Producer took this pix from the present 10% to play, "Rusty Bugles," for use of rL""„„^7r ** „„ ^.m4*+»V.L ^ 

h...i5% for features and 20-25% for Allegedly blasphemou. and ob- X't olLinKX bfame o^ 

documentaries in the next year. ■ scene words proved • wonderful ™m ^esb?te the^ffi 

2. To build about 800 new thea- b o. stimulant. Presented by Doris ^^^P^*^ 

tres, particularly in farm centers, I Fitton at her Independent theatre, ' Slncis the action wa« 



step When' an all-day meeting Jbe 
tween the Qenham management 
and the :anployes ended in a stale- 
mate. ' However, a move to extend 
the walkout to Rank's Pinewood 
Thusreverihough the French ilot vj?^ adjourned until tomorrow 



agreement was set up by the | 



French and IT. S. governments, the 
Indies believe it was Instigated by 
the major companies, i Indies are 
now trying to devise some plan 
that will give them what they con^ 
Eider a fairer break in France.. 



Italian Talent Agency 
Setup in Sharp Need Of 



strike was touched off when the 
management handed layoff notices 
to some 92 employes. Their fellow 
workers then quit In a move to 
force withdrawal of the . pink slips. 
Cordon of 100 pickets is scrutizing 
plant gates without disorder as 
both company and municipal police 
look on. Reports that the walkout 
is spreading to the studios of Sir 
Alexander Korda are unfounded 
and have been officially, denied. 
MeanVi'hile, the , Denham man' 



in the next few years. 3. To step North Sydney, the show is. now 
up weekly attendance from the doing boff business and deals are 

r^^rSL ^•^'^•^ way. to .have it done in out"^ m^^ ^awrbt;*' deS 



okayed by the State Dept., they 
believe Mayer was forced into it ai 
a last resort after his attempts t« 



1,500,000. 



COLOR PIX VIA NORMAL 
CAMERA, BRITISH CLAIM 



London, Oct. 26. ivruiauucs uit umj V../H1VX "»-'--■ ,,,,__,„_ 4<>(K, . In pffppt i>nn. 

revolutionary color film sys- retary Jim Baddeley after dele- , ^eaueltlv the u' S dfstribs now 
-revolutionary because a nor- j tion of the "offending" lines. Bad-j^^^""/' "i^J^ ."- J^'f^ w^^rt 
camera is used-is claimed by deley has the authorUy to nix any- ,'^^„y^„«^X^^ tl^an in anyS 
J. .Taylor, m_anagmg director , thmg his of fleers report as unfit „„.,„t^_ ^.v. -o ouota set 



other Aussie cities. . „Jhad been snafued. 

Oc?^ll'""Bug es'' ran ?nto'ce^so , BraziUan action seU a limit of 
t°oubL ' next Tveni'ng when police , ^% ^entaU tor any America^^^^^^^ 

S t^ SS^'r'esulSe'd ^^tr-^^^^^^ 0}^^^^^^^^^^ 
formances on okay by Chief Sec- sold at lower terms m order ti» 



A , I I* If • 1 weaiiwiiiie, . uie , x/cuuiiiu ultiii- 1 ana cnairman ot Haaiant r 
UVernaUlinS, nVPOing agement l? meeting privately prior i Ltd. Commercial tieups are 
>s i -n to resuming talks with the work- in the ofting. 



Rome, Oct. 19. 
Talent agency setup in Italy, as 



and chairman of Radiant Films, - for the public 

now i "Bugles" is set in 

ordnanbe calmp In northern Aiis 



country. Even with no quota set 
on A .ibcio °" the number of pictures that can 
an AUi.wfc imported, they are arbitrarily 
restricted as to the amount of . 



f^nX.T'^L^^J^l Taylor has been approached by tralia^during .the past war Play — ^ thel^^ product ""earn 



of Theatre & Kincraatograph Era- ; a number of film combines and 



well as in the rest of continental "'■V; ""^?^^^^ i.umue. oi mm comoines ano 

Fin-nnp nppd« ovprhaiilin" and ^ •'^ '• , • ?f t^°., ""^"^"^ ' satisfactory tests have already been 
l^urope, needs overndUima ana u,„ons involved in the strike, ad- comnleted Several second-feature 
much development.^ With forei^ Uised its members to return to 'fi^tre .lowTc^L^rod.:.^^^^^^^^ 



may be okay for the U, S. and within the country. 



London censors permitting. How- 
ever, its language is plenty strong. 



film production still on the 10-^^;]; posts"h.;mcdiai;iyrbui- iis thrsyTtem"7nd't?t ''and'T^^^^^^^ ^olnt'ed oi^%iat"wh^1he^' OlS , AuStrfa tO Swap Eight 
nesf avafirwe fo^agen^^^ both ' • • ^''^ P''^^^"' Vic Co. performed "Richard III" 



With 



. . I films are at present being exhibit 

» cu.,..n,^n — stoppage beginning , ed, all of which have been proc- here there was no objection to its 

talent and technical Situation so Friday (29), shooting on three | essed by the Radiantcolour Lab- pungent dialog, 
far has aemonstrated serious lack fi,n,s ^t Denham has been halted, oratories ui x^u , k 

of skilled agents who can supply pictures are "The Cardboard' 
actors, costumes, props, scenery, Cavaller," vith Margaret Lock-' 
etc. Big agencies here are non- ^.^q^ and Sid Field; "Adam and 
existent Evelyn," with Stewart Granger 

There are a few lone-wolf op- and Jean Smimons, and "Trottie i 



Pix for 32 German Ones 
In New Exchange Pact 



The 



Vienna, Oct. 19. 
Austro-German . film ex- 



'Bngles' OfTered Broadway 
! Sumner Locke-Elliott stated in 
RltCcA Pllfei>1l !h Pnlanil I New York Monday (1),"I am com- , , ■ . a * 

nitaaC 1 Ul9tll 111 1 UldllU I pietely innocent of writing an ob- j change agreement was signed Oct, 
Full-month ban on all imported ! scene or indecent play." Everyone 16 at Bad Reichenall, near tht 

■ . . .. . . . .. Austro-German border. It provides 

for Austria to send eight pix t» 
Bizonia, iti exchange for i32 Ger- 



erators with sidewalk offices, but ^ True," starring Jean Kent. Labor , films, Including those emanating knows, he said, that Australian 
they weren't prepared to cope i difficulty not only is costing Rank I from Hollywood, has been imposed soldiers used .words like "bastard" 

with an mflux of American and i $20,000 dMly. but is suppressing his j by the: Polish go^V^^ . - . 

English production companies. Nor | production at a time when he's ing to field reports received by the ' are in the play to conform with i man ones. Twelve other Austrian 
did they have the, know-how to redoubling his efforts to turn out | Motion Picture Export Assn. For- , the characters. Furthermore, he ' pix will be exported to Germany, 
deal with foreigners or get them a maximum amount of pix for the , eign pix have been ordered off the , says, three of the most successful • outside the agreement, 
what they wanted. The few agents British market | screen to clear the way for a "So- plays on Broadway. "Streetcar," , Some disappointment is felt that 

here who have worked with film ; viet Film Festival." The ban was "Respectful Prostitute" and "Mis- the exchange rate between Aus- 

coinpanies have an unsayot? local , njfv > |>| mma n imposed Oct. 7 but only disclosed i ter Roberts" contain phrases trian schillings and Deutsche marks 

reputation, and the flexible laws Ol^AlIl WlAl KCUl EH U. O. ' now. I worse than those of "Rusty ' was set at one to one, instead of 

governing agency contracts have lunAnT AIirOTIAU ' During the period, theatres in i Bugles," yet the New York police , two schillings for one mark, as had 

nA ImlvKl yULjIlUWlkey clUes and large provincial haven't interfered. . been anticipated. 

■ towns are playing 6nly Russian and ' Producer Doris Fitlnn's organi- Germany was represented by 
lzation, i:^cke-EUiott noted, is a Erich Pomm^^ 



permitted all kinds of shady deal- 



Cineguild in Final Split 



Madrid. Nov. 2. _ , . 
Ministry is likely to reopen the i"-^ 
question of importation of Amerir 
can pix product which has been 
temporarily suspended due to a 
feud, of two ministry officials. Un 
less import licenses are immediate 
ly restored the Spanish film indus- 



Current London Shows 



London, Oct. 26. 

Breakup of the original Cine 

guild team, begun when Anthony , try would collapse since theatre 
Havelock-Allan formed his own grosses depend considerably upon 
production outfit last year, has now American pix. 
been made complete by . the , : Domestic film production has also 
withdrawal of Ronald Neame, who been caught in the squeeze inas- 
haa sold his holdings back to the | much as local filmmaking is con- 
company and is to start his own tingent upon financing that's 
producing outfit. ! derived from the sale of import 

Unlike Havelock-Allan, whose permits Latter is equivalent to a 
break from Cineguild to start Con- , state subsidy. Country brought in 
stellation Films led to his depai- some 200 U. S. pictures in the year 
ture from the Rank group. Neame ending Aug. 31. 
intends that his new outfit, which . — _ — — . 



Ealing s Aussie Spread 

Sydney, Oct. 27. 
On a deal just consummated 



>vill be known tis Ronald Neame 
Productions, should continue un- 
' der the Rank banner. 

First production of the new 
company will be "Golden Sala- ^^ith" Greater uAion, Ealing moves 
mander," which will go on loca- rT to.„Ti,.,„„j „t„riir.c hirp tn pon- 
tion in North AMca bifore shoot- p^o' uctit' Brhish ?mit 

sminf""*" P^'^ew""* "^^wTspend $100,000 on new equip-, 

[ment. First i% a comedy due next , 

lyear with Chips Rafierty and Tomr i 



Norton V. Ritchey, Monogram's 
foreign chief, is now in Copen- '"^,^"""^5, 
iiagen. and due back in 17, S. mid 



Two to three pix are planned for 



(Figures show weeks of run) 
London, Oct. 26. 
"A La Carte," Savoy (20t. 
"Anna Lucasta," Majesty (i>3i. 
"Annie Get Gun," Col's m (74) 
"Bless the Bride," Adclphi (80i. 
"Bob's Your Uncle," Sav. (26). 
"Browniue," Phoenix (8<. 
"Cage Peacock," Strand f30). 
"Carrls.'sima,'V Palace (34). 
"Chiltren Hundreds," Vaude (62). 
"Don't Listen," St. Jas. i9>. 
"Eden End," Duchess (9). 
"Edward My Son." Lyric (75). 
"Four, Five, Six," York (4). 
"Glaconda Smile," Wynd. (21). 
"Happiest Days," Apollo (32). 
"Kid From Strat," Princes (5). 
"Littie Lambs," Ambass. (30). 
"Medea." Globe (5*. 
"Off Record," Piccadilly (701. 
"Oklahoma!" Drury Lane (79). 
"Perfect Woman," Playhouse (8i 
"Rain on Just," Aid. (9K 
"Saloon Bar," Garrick (5i. 
"Stariiffht Roof," Hipp. (52), 
"Travelers Joy," Crit, (22 1. 



group similar to that of the Pro- man ISB film branch, and Kurt 
, vincetown Playhouse. He hadn't , Oertel, of the German film produc- 
I considered "Bugles" for Broad- ' ers association. Robert Steyskal of 
j way, he said, feeling that the plot the Trade Ministry, and Frits 
was basically too Australian for Rrban, of the Actors Union, rejh 
An American audience. Now, how- resented Austria. 
i ever;. in the wake . of .newspaper 
publicity in Sydney he intends to 
place it on the market. Author; 
who has been in the U. S. for sev- 
eral Tnonths, is writing scripts for 
radio and recently sold another 
play, "Wicked Is the Vine," to the 
Kraft Television Theatre. 



November. 



1 1949. 



$2,400,000 Annual Gross 
For U. S. Fifans in Panama 

Washington. Nov. 2. 

^ American films are grossing 

. :■■ ■ ■ ■ 'about $2,400,000 annually in the 

I $70,000 Peak Italo Wage Republic of Panama, of which 
j Rome Oct 26 ; about $1,440,000 comes back to this 

1 Anna Magnani, star of both . cototty;Ji^^^^^ 
"Open City" and "Paisan," has reports mhatt D. OoJdeniChie^^ 
signed a one-picture deal . with t?e j»»o"?>i P^£^^^ 
Roberto Rossellini which will give ' S. .Dept. , of Commerce. Hflw- 
;her the biggest chunk of coin • ever ,jdUf to. the unfavora^^^^^^ 
■ ever paid an Italian performer for nomid sitMatmn in the^country^^ 
1 appearing in an Italian-language , theatres havp. recently suffered .^^ 
' film. Star is being paid $70,000 sharp decline biz.^compared with 
: (in lira I for the stint ^ ^ ' ; the early months of this year, 
j Italian pix generally do not exr Chief competitiba. for O^S,; fi^ 
J eeed $150,000 for their entire comes frcrni Mexicii and Aifgentth*, 
I budget. Rossellini is director but each of lyhich sUppUes about 10% 

_ . 'not producer of the lite which re- of the pictures shown, and Britain. 

"Toeether Again," Vic, Pal. (82i, volves around Monte Carlo as the 'which provides 595) of the total 
"Worms View," Whitehall 179). i scene of action. ' i product. 



14, PICTITBES 



Wcdnreilaj, Novemlier S, 1948 



Film Reviews 



Continued from w%t It ; 



The Plunilerors I Jungle Cji«>iiiless 

the opening chase, it's a mixture Hollywood, Oct. 29. 

of western formula on a large spale, i .J^>^'">Sr^3t''1^ot,S^ nle?l5' 'wamu.' 
filmecj in color. The boxoffice at- ; k&y.'^SmiS;. & By?d.' mcctedbj 

tention should be satisfactory. t Lewis D. Colttns. Scrcenpl.iy, Jos«ph Pa- 
»4ri 11 i-1 i ' 1 ..A! 'W, „ ' Banoi editor, Norman Cert; eamera. Cart 
While film kicks off with a ocrgcr. At Paramount, L. A., Oct. 28, '48. 

shoot-'ein-up chase, the story-tell- ; iiunning time, ss jii.NvS. 

ing takes a little longer to get un- 1 ~,^VrW - ..Wa 

der way and some minutes have . wanama ' Armida 

passed before action hits its best i Bob Simpson .... . naiph Byrd 

r>i„.rinrr <c annA in o v^i'n Oolonga. wltch doctor , . . 'SmoW Whitfieltl 
clip. Playing is gOOa m a yain| yvonne - Dolores Cattle 

that concerns an army oflicer Nugaia putiy Robies 

tough outlaw and nls gang to jus- pj^t Pi^d co),y 

tice. Villain doesn't follow the ac- ! Drummer Oncst Conlcy 

. cepted western pattern, being a ^ji''^U^:S^Kt'' "^j^ok^caHoi! 
rather likeable guy despite the way , ^ccompamst • ■i-'<-ic qanou 

he earns his living. i . jungig Goddess" got lo* in 

Rod Cameron shows up excel- a desert of dry performances and 
lently as the hero. Plot twist has , clammy direction. Screenplay is 
him murdering a sheriff in open- the same old white goddess among 
Ing sequences and it's some time j native tribesmen routine that has 
before audiences will get wise that j been run through innumerable 
it is only a setup for him to get times prior to this. There is no 
Into the gang. He pits his wits ' gold buried in this part of Africa, 
"gainst Forrest Tucker, who does , g ^^^^j. 

an able heavy Windup brings in George Reeves" and Ralph Byrd 
an Indian raid in virhich Tucker , jii^co^ej. j^at Wanda McKay's 
aids the lavv and escapes the rope ^^^^^^ offering a gigantic i-eward 
when shot down by the redskins. I foj. her— dead or alive. Femme 
Femme interest is .split between ] was last known to be aboard an 
Ilona Massey and Adrian Booth, a | airplane which crashed in the Afri- 
couple of dancehall babes. Miss ; can jungles six years earlier. They 
Massey enacts romantic partner j find her living among the natives 
opposite Cameron while Miss I as tribe's top executioner. She 
Booth is beloved by Tucker. Score i condemns Byrd to die for slaying a 
includes two public domain tunes, ' native. He finally gets his in a 
"Walking Down Broadway" and new tangle with the natives while 
''I'll Sing a Love Song," Miss Ma.s- i trying to break away for the 
sey does the vocalling of special plane. Reeves and Miss McKay 
lyrics by Jack Elliott and Aaron manage to escape. 

Gonzales. ^, ' Featured trio. Reeves, Miss Mc- 

George Cleveland, for a change ■ ' > 



Is a smart sheriff, while Grant 
Withers is his dumb counterpart 
as deputy. Taylor Holmes is the 
respected townsman who's really 



I Kay and Bryd; turn in dull per 
I tormances along with a ca.st of na- 
: lives who belong anywhere but 
in "Mungle Goddess." Production 
I values supplied by William Ste- 



backing the outlaws and Paul Fix ^ ar/ sorelv laokine in thP 
enacts good characterization «s ^™ arTsS^fa te^^^^^ 



Tucker's gun-slinging pal. Francis 
Ford and others add to the action 
bluster with which associate pro-" 
ducei'-director Joseph Kane has enr 
dowed this one. 

Lensing by Jack Marta is expert 
and is done in an improving Tru- 
color process. , Editing could have 
been smoother. , Brog, 



an average film. Lewis D; Collins' 
direction falls by the wayside along 
with Joseph Pagano's screenplay. 
Lensing by Carl : Berger adds noth- 
ing. Free. 



Lciitlier Gloves 

Hollywood, Got. "iO 
Columbia release o£ Richard (lumc- 
WjUiam Asher production, directed by 
Quihe and Asher. : Features Cameron 
Mitchell, Virginia Grey, .Tane :NiRh. Sam 
JLeveno, Henry O'Neill, ■ Bliikc Ed\viird.s. 
/Sdrecnplay, Brown Holmes: .from. Sateve- 
post story by, Ilichard English: camoni, 
Henry Freulich: editor, Viola Lawrence. 
At Vogue, Hollywood, Oct. 27, '48. Run- 
ning time, .75 l^IJNS. ■ 
Dave CoUms ,. . . .. . . . : .Cameron MiLi'heU 

.Tanet Gilbert . . ; Virginia (.Jrey 



Cathy. 

Bernie ■ . . . .: , 

Dudley 

v.Vince- Reedy . i . . i-, \ 
Huerta Fernandel! , 
Mrs. Hubbard . . . . . . 

Mr Hubbard 

.Diike ./ 

Beteree . ........ ., . . 

Ti'imblc . . . . . 



■.lan<! .NiHh 
...... .Sam f.cvene. 

.... Henry O'Neill 

;., . .Bfalco. Edwards;, 
,. ; . -. Bob ■ Castro 
. , . i . ; Sally Corner 
..Stanley Andrews. 
. ■. . . . Eddie Acuit¥ 

. : Ralph Volltic 
.Walter Soderling 



(fiiaHel 

. London, Oct. 27. 

General Film Di.stributor.s' release of 
I Arthur . Rank (Gainsborough-Sydnoy 
f: IJox) production. Stars .:Hermione Bad- 
1 delcy, Duk Boearde, Mervyn .lohns, Cecil 
i , Parker, Basil ' Radford,, Fraitcoise Rosay, 
.Susan Shaw, Linden Travcrs, Nauilton 
Wayne, Mai Zetterling; Directed by Ken 
Aunakin, Arthur Crabiree,: Harold French, 
Ralph Smart. Screenplays by R. C. Sher- 
riil: adapted Irom tour stories by W. 
.Somerset Maufjham; camera, Ray Elton, 
Bernard Lewis; , editor, .Jean Barker: 
music, John Greenwood. Al,Odeon, Lon- 
don, Oct. 2u, M8. RuniiinB time, l!iO MliiS. 

The Facts of Life 
Henry Garnet . ... Basil Radford 

Leslie. . v. . , , . . . , . . . Naunton Wayne 
Ralph. . . .... ... . ,J,an Fleming 

TUomas;'. : . ... . . .lack Raine 

iVfr.s. Garnet .... . . Angela Baddeley 

BrankSome . . . . ; ..Tames Robertson Justice 

Nicky,;...;.:.... ...... .lack WatlJng 

.John . . .. ; ; . Nicel Buchanan 

.Jeanne.;.......,,., Mai iCctterling 

The Alien Corn 
George Bland . . ; . : . , ... Dirk Boijarde 
Sir Frederick 'Bland v; Raymond LovoU 
l.adv Bland;;;...: 



book of verse purporting to de- 
scribe her romantic experiences. 

The intermediate two, while 
lacking the high level of the first 
and last, are certainly' more than 
potboilers. An undergraduate son 
of a member of the landed gentry 
who hopes to become a profes* 
siona} pianist, provides the melo- 
dramatic theme of '"The Alien 
Corn," while "The Kite" is an un- 
usual story of a .simple young man, 
very much under his motlier's 
domination, who put. his kite-flying 
before his wife and cheerfully 
goes to gaol when she wrecks his 
latest invention. 

Individuality of story and treat- 
ment by separate casts and direc-: 
tors does not detract from the en- 
tertainment value of the finished 
article. Contrasting: characters 
and plots add to the freshness and 
charm of the picture as a whole 
and, in effect, give the customers 
four complete pictures for their 
original stake. Direction and pro- 
duction throughout maintain- an 
extraordinarily high level, and the 
casting, even down to the smallest 
bit, IS uncannily accurate. Basil 
Radford and Naunton Wayne, al- 
ways a perfect team, have the 
backing of Jack Watling and Mai 
Zettcrling. Dirk Bogarde,. sup- 
ported by Raymond Lovell and 
Honor Blackman, take the honors 
for "The Alien Corn," in which 
Francoise Rosay excels in a small 
part. George Cole as the kite 
flier and Hermione Baddeley as his 
possessive mother carry the third 
subject, and Cecil Parker and 
Nora Swinburne are perfectly 
chosen as the Colonel and his wife. , 

Although off the beaten track, 
"Quartet" is a picture which de- 
serves widespread popularity,: and 
should go a long way to raise the 
standard of British product 
throughout America. myro. 



Sir Alexander Korda has purchas 
ed the British remake rigutt. (Sir 
Ralph Richardson will play the 

Cervi role.) ■ '. 

The story treats of « girl ap- 
proaching motherhood without ben- 
efit of clergy. She persliadeaA a 
chance acquaintance to pose as her 
husbaad so that a place in the 
household of lier strict parents can 
be insured. Deception, with its 
borderline situations always deli- 
cately handledj works out well until 
the father discovei's a photograph 
of the man's family. With the 
ensuing confession, tlie father re- 
:lents sufficiently to take care of 
his daughter. 

It's apparent that the yarn could 
not have been treated :as simply 
and as effectively if it were produc- 
ed in; Hollywood. Production code 
would demand that the girl be 
punished for her misdeed and con- I 
sequently entire tone and character 
of the film would have to be ! 
changed. : | 

Performances are of ton cut. I 
Adriana Benetti as the mother-to- j 
be provides an excellent account! 
of jierself, but the best rounded 
performance is by Cervi who helps 
bring out the basic injustice and 
pathos of, the entire situation. 
Portrayal indicates he could love 
the girl, but circumstances force 
him to return to his shrewish wife. 
Aldo Silvani as the stern parent, 
who is eventually touched by the^ 
kindness shown his daughter by .a 
totaji stranger, gives a gratifying 



resulted In a tpeedler pace. Non-< 
name cast handles its tasks ade* 
quately. Camera work of a trio oi 
lensmen capably catches the grim-i 
ness of th« scarred, mountain ter- 
rain. : 

Inasmuch as tha picture has a 
deeply religious background and 
was made with the cooperation of 
the Vatican, it's bound to have the 
backing of the church wherever 
screened, Exhibitors will also 
benefit by the public's general in- 
terest in the Cassino battle. For 
although the Fifth Army was sur^ 
that the heights of Monte Cassino 
were being used by the Germans 
for military purposes, the Ameri- 
cans were never able to prove it. 



UA Admits 

Cpntinned from viigc I 



cient money in England to support 
any extensive production sched- 
ule on its own. 

UA exec veepee Arthur W. Kel-, 
ly first broached tlie subject to 
the NFFC during his recent trip 
to England, throwing out feelers 
to get the British reaction. Fol- 
lowing his return to the U. S. two 
weeks ago, the pitch was Ijiken 
up by David H. Coplan, UA's man- 
aging director in England. Com- 
pany based its bid on UA's rec- 
ord in distributing British films, 



performanrerivhiie' deft hi,mor"is | ?i?i'l"li.il^''fn ilf^x^^ Th^'^ 
displayed by Giacinto Molteni as I British-mades in the U. S. than 
the girl's grandfather. "^^er companies combined 



Tlio Ploi to Kill 

(BRITISH) 

United Artists release of Selected Films 
production. Stars Derek Farr. Mart.i La- 
barr. Dircetotl : by ■ Wllliain Freshman. 
Previewed N. Y, Oct. 22, '48. Running 
time, -,l*3 .WIN.si., ■ :■!' • ■: , , 

Peinberton Grant; . . . . . ...... Derek Farr 

^^atahe Trubetzin ; ,• .. Marta Lnbarr 

i^aul Shcrek; , :.■...,... .Manning Whiley 



Giuseppe Anialo's direction con- 
tains a smooth pace and colorful 
embellishment of incident without 
marring the essential story line. 
Englis,li subtitles are okav 



British decision on the application: 
isn't expected for several weeks. 

Even if the NFFC okayed UA's 
bid, it's considered unlikely that 
! other American distribs would be 



There is only one "detracting ' eligible for loans from the $20,- 



f actor in the film. In editing for 
U.S. audiences one sequence has 
been eliminated in a jarring 
manner. The void is quite disturb- 
ing. ■ Jose. 



Irene, Browne 
;,,,.,. . Honor: Blackman 
. , ,; , . .„ . , George Thorpe 
.■..;,.;.., Mary Hinton 
Francoise Rosay 

The Kile 

; . , , , : , Bernard Lee 
, . Fred er ick Leister 
; . . , George M,erri tt 
. . , . , , , .George Cole 
David Cole 
licrniionc Badtleley. 
. ; . Mervyn ,T6hhs 
Susan : ,Sh«w 
Cvril, ChambcHairi 



■Daphne. 

Martin .-. . :■: . 

,lolin Coleman . . . . 
lianndck- . . : . : . . 
HailVvay Passenger; 
irenr.y ,Blarie, ; :: . ;,-. 
Gusliijig, Woman,:; , 



Noia Swinliuine 
i, H Roberts 

;Glan(le AlILstcr 
Will'rcd Myde-White 
■ ; , ISrnest, Tlieslger 
, . . , llcnry Edwards 

. . ; Linden' Traver.s 
. .. .'. ;, : Felix Aylmer 

,:.*., .,.;,.16hnKalcw 

, , •:,; Lynn Evan.s; 

. .Cyril , Haynioitd 
. . . . ; Clive Morton 

,. .M.-;r|(are,l Wtlhefs 



"Leather Gloves" makes lor I p^uia 
pleasant fare in the supporting l uncie John .. 
slot. It's a prizefight yarn ^\ ilh , """" 
twists, presented in a style to rate , 
casual interest. Production renre- ! Puson \isitor 

sents good expenditure of butleet ^iuyernor , 

coin in shaping picture as an okay |,'eX\i"Srbuiy . 
entry lor its market. Herbert (boy) /.. ; 

Performances are good, is the t'"^'"" Sunburv. 
direction, except for a iindway .^""'I"'''' 
lap.se. Plot has a philosoiihicai, Reporter , , . , , . . 
angle or two and the hero doesn't I The Colonel's LMy 

get ,the girl, Cameron Mitchell i.s ! E"'"";?' Peregrine: , < . cecit barker 
:^cellcnt;:as a lightheavy pug on.ii^t^"""^^^^^^^ ' ' 

the bum who changes, for the bet- i ciub Man 

neoule^iinf ^UT?^ smaUlown , ?^'V^„V"A^,V^„nd 
people with whom he comes m ' nuke ot iicvcici 
contact during one brief wcf!l{ " ' 

Duul production job bv Rit'liard 
Quine and William Asher is cai-- 
ried over to double-stinl on di- 
rection.: They : start the fi Uir^ f ol 1 i 
neatly and : bring ;it to a .strong 

conclusion,;. eijceept:, for Iho ; iTiiddle,' An; o r i g i 1 • By ^Sbmerset 
sag, do,, well, plot brings Mitchell: Mau.sjliaBi,; ■coupled wil.ir a .script bv 
. to a siiiall town. He talks his way G- SherriO', is a gitide to I 
, on a tight card,' falls fpria.gii'l and ;;Piece ; of; satisfying,- ^sophisticatBd' 
prepares to fake a loss to nick up pntertainment. in "Qu.-utcl" the 
some cash. He finds the en I rqcs satisfaction is iniiltiplipd four 
,i,or: iiis opponent and gives', tlig ,kid (iine^; and :each of the sub jects that 
2: Jickihg so he'll, get , out of the So to the\inakihg of , ttii.s picture 
ngnt . game. .Finale again has Mifcli- a'tftough iiidividuaiisfic in theme. 
eJl on the move to other p.i'^turos. cind treatment, have the M.iugham 
Aiding Mitchell's good woik arc "'i*- <''"fl .sharpness of characteriza- 
Virginia Grey, Jane Nigh, Sam '•'o." Ss the connecting link. In 
Levene, Heniy O'Neill, Blake Ed- Britain it is a prestige picture plus, 
wards and others. Okav scripting and is by lar the best to come from 
chore was turned in "bv Brown '^'''^ Svdncy Box outfit <-ince "Sev- 
Holmes, story twists and dialog '^"'-'^ Veil." It al.so merits the ap- 
probation of Amei'ienn, audiences ! 
who are alwajis reM#to: show their ' 
appreciation- of , G,la.s,s : '•entertaihi 
inerit. ' ' ,; , ' "„ ;,.' .■' '',-■ ■■;:'■; :;■■■;;-::■. 
, Of the four stories that ni-akd tip ' 
the film, the first and last are un-', 
dOubtedly the: mci.st iiitriguihgi ; 
"The- Facts of Life" is a superbly ' 
told piece of a 19-J'ear-61d who (lis- i 
regards his father's advice on hi.s ' 
first (rip to Monte Carlb and out-; 
Wits an obvious adventuress, arid i 
■"Jf he Colonel's Lady" is a delight- ! 
,ful:y;arn 6f ;a.!c61oricrs wife whb ' 



Aimed for .the U. S. exploitation 
market bv a British indie, "The 
Plot to Kill Roosevelt" spins a sen- 
sational yarn that'll oven tax the 
credulity of the : kids. Other 
facets of this production, from the 
thesping to the camera work, are 
equally hard to swallow in their 
crudity. Pic's sole asset lies in its 
title, which may earn it' a :spot as 
dual program filler. ' 

Fantastic plot is localed, for 
most part, in Teheran, meeting 
place of Roosevelt, Churchill and 
Stalin during the war years, where 
synthetic Ai'abs, Germans, Ameri- 
cans and Ru.ssian; are shown en- 
gaged in espionage and military 
activities. Through an inexplicable 
bit of detective work, a British cor- 
respondent learns of a conspiracy 
by, an international armaments 
ring to kill F.D.R. because his post- 
war peace plans would put them 
out of business. In clillhanger 
stylo, the plot is foiled just as the 
varmints ; are about to set off the 
dynamite planted under the Presi- 
dent's car 

The ca.st is of stock company 
calibre. Manning Whiley, as the 
villain, registers with the most 
competent performance, although 
his youth and his heavy role don't 
mix. Derek Farr, as the British 
journalist, and Marta Labarr, as a 
shadowy femme fatale, are barely 
adequate. Others in the cast bor- 
der on the amateurish. Herm. 



(ITALIAN) 

Supetfilin release of. Pastor 'Arluro 
t.eniiniti) production, directed by Ccnv 
imti. Screenplay, Gemmiti, VirRilio .Sabel, 
(.lovanni Paolucci; camera, Picro t'orla; 
lupi,_ Vittorio Delia Valle, An!(elo ,Tan- 
naielh, music, "VdrJano T.u>ldii EnRlish 
titles, Charles Clement. Previewed N, Y , 
,9,<?'- 27. '48. Runnins Unie, Mi\s. 

rhe Head Abbott Alberto C. LoUi 

Don Maitino fiUberto Se^ell 

Don Etisebio Ubaldo L.iv 

iVTaria ... . . . ... . .. . ... 

Alberto. . . 

Marco . ; . . , : . .. . 
Carmcla .... Vila Silent 

Capt. Ricliter. , . , , , . . Rodolplio Ncuhatis 
^"••onio ^ , , , Livio Bussa 

Father of .-Vnlonlo Giuseppe Porli 

Also i»; groui) of onsinal survivors of 
iMTonte: Cassino , ' 



000,000 fimd. Council to date has 
granted only about $8,OftQ,00p of 
the, fund to British pr0duceri^!>bui; 
is expected to reserve,, the baslance 
for other Britishers as ah attempjt,4' 
to help the native ; industry mSet 
the new 45% quota regulations." 

UAi meanwhile, has set no defi- 
nite plans for British prpduction, 
pending action by the NFFC on 
the loan application. Plans for ttie 
six films, which were tp have been 
produced in England by Mary 
Pickford and Lester Co\van havei " 
been temporarily shelved and a 
zor'a"pi.i'//a i decision lor other British pro'Juc- 
P'^','", .^"^i™ I lion would require approval of the 

Silveuo Bias, ^^^^.^^ 



(hi Ilalian; English Titles) 
"Monte Cassino" is a sombre, 



Kelly, Bagnall Huddle 
On ITA 

Hollywood, Nov. 32'.-:',-;' 
Arthur Kelly is here for huddles 
semi-documentary relating the ' iih George Bagnall on United 
various incidents that led up io the ' Artists' outlook in England. He's 
bombing of Monte Cassino \bbev also slated to meet producers this 
during a decisive phase ot (he I week before planing back to N. Y. 
Italian campaign of the past war Friday (5) 

It s a moving and touching film } "Red River" reporledlv opens 
houses''''""' "^""^ art'Nov.25inLondon's'^West End ^^^h 

Battie of C'lssinn WIS nno nf ii,„ Ijenefit premiere at Paramount 
most dra^Ltic 's iVglfes 0^^ . ^"ves to UA's Pavilion after 

Mark Clark's Fifth Array in its' '^''"^'^"^^^ 
drive to the north through the 
rugged Italian mountains; But 
another battle, almost equally a.s 
dramatic, was taking place within 
and nearby the walls of the I 400- 
year-old abbey. . ■ ' 

That fight was waged by tlie ab- moth's studio and homeoffice top- 
•bott, monks and brothers ot the ^P^*"^- which hasn't yet been .settled, 
abbey against the German troops , Apparent stress that 20th w ill now 
in the Cassino region who sought Place on reissues indicates it will 
to prevent the monastery staff endeavor to replace its indie B 
trom administering to the needs of product with the oldies, 
m*?^'.^"'.*;! /'-'"i' ^^'^ agf'd and in- Company's reis.sue department is 
l^ctVm's II yh/'.'"'" ''='P'cbs to operate under the general super- 

vicUms of the war about (hem vision of assistant sales chief Wil 



Plug Oldies 

Conthiucit: from : pace 4 



F«nr Sl«>{is ill Iho <'louils '< lor the action is presented in 



(ITALIAN) 

Distinguislieil Films release oi AIcSSan- 
di;o Biaselti (Cinos) proauctioh; ,:Stars 
,&jno Ceryi. Adriana flcnetti.' Directed by 
(.luscppo "Smato Sciccnplay, C Zjvat- 
tini,:p. ,TeHini and Amato; camera, Wac- 
law Vit=k; mu.sic, Aiessandrb :Cicosiririi; 

.Oct. 27,, M8. Ruiiiiins 



u"ror\he'ac?tion i! ^v^Ttlf^' ' U»'ir'c." Gd^ring." £;Uer:'loge(^;er 
ehiloTogk^ll^Xion Ttinffrom «"'"''' «^"=<=t ^'''l^ 



Previewed N: Y 
lime. 88 AIINS. 

Po'Olo Bjanciiii : , , 
Maria ::. ; . , . 
Mashaiiiii: : , , , 
.Antonio ■ ,M 
Gioia Biani'lii;,; 
Conrtucfor 



ls(:,lTurdy-!iUrdy- .Aliui Uniborlo, Si 



Cino Ceivl 
Adiiana BenCtti 
.Kiii'ico . Yi.irisio' 
: Carlo. ■Romano 
(iiuditta. HissonO 
Ijauro . G.'!Z-/olrt 



October,"]943,*whcn>"Bhliire7nst l'"'^'^*'"*^^ current season 

approached Ca.,.sino vil)d"e im I among 20th's cat.ilog. detcr- 

until the following March" 'That ""'"'"^ number released and rental 
month brought the demise of the i '<^i'ms. Company last year handled 
Abbey in a hail of Amei-ican ' of the oldies but the creation of 
"ooios- (he new department indicates it 

Ab written. produced and , "iH re]ca!;o more than that during 
directed by Arturo Genimid, the 1948-49 season, 
ivionte Cassino" servos as a monu- ' Hci.ssucs to date have liad a spo- 



2d Hurdy-gurdy .Man 
Failier ; .; , : ;■.,; : , 
,rirandrath(vr , :; . 
.Station ^i^.-istcr;, : j; 
'Passenger' : , .* . 
hWonian Pa^sGng*;r 
Another,- Passcnscr 



Lii'ipaiui 
Silvio BagiiJini 
Aldo Silvani 
,; Giacinto Molteni 
Armftjido IVIigliari 
Artijro Br.iROiSlia 
Pina Galllnl 
, . Orcstc Bilancia 




lifting it about level of ordinary 
prizefight plotting. Lensing is good, 
but editing lets footage run a bit 
too long for best double bill .spot- 
tf'g. Brog, 

MarsbaJJ Qaits 'Bonanza' 



Hollywood, Nov, 2. 
George Marshall, director of 
"Bonanza" at Columbia, anklcd (he 

s. byjvan bimon, produceiv who eau.ses much embarrassment to her 
took Qver the pilot's chore. ■ husband by the publication of a 



Four Steps in tlie Clouds" is 
one of the more charming Italian 
cinema imporls. It's' picture that 
will undoubtedly do well in the ,lrt 
and language houses and could 
conceivably entertain in otner 
situations a.s part of a double bill. 

The picture contains a liigh 
degree of clever cinematic exposi- 
tion made possible by director 
Giuseppe Amato's deft touches of 
humor and colorful treatment of 
incident. Top pcrformatices by 
Adriana Benetti, Gino Cervi, AUlb 
.Silvani and Giacinto Molteni pro- 
duce an entertaining and alto- 
gether satisfying result. 

Film has been playing to Con- 
tinent for gratifying returns and 



intricate characterizations of the Pi°'"LJ!"V"S pei'iod, 30% of 

abbott, a pair of youthful lovers theatres in. the motropoli- 

and a German medical ollicor ^- ^' were playing oldie.'s. 

Onus for the abbey's destruction ^^''^hin a few month.s, however, the 
in tlie Gerimins for interest in them had died down on 



is placed upon _ _ ^ 

their failure to withdraw irorii the 
vicinity of Monte Cas.sino. Even 
alter American planes distributed 



the part of customers, wlio at that 
time had started to shop for their 
film fare. As a result, several of 



ci,nnnK'n,T"n,/'''i monastery oc;'the most piwnising7eissrrerdred''a 
be bomhPd nf n'l.^^^^^^^ ^^ouU .quick death, leading several of the 

Thi.r'i^^'dTthc? i'li'i^Jflent tnXeL^"'^^"l-"\- '''' «^ 
film lay the blame flatly on the'M^''^l:* "P ^ department for 

German high command. '|."^ handhng of x-eissues. Metro 

Despite the fact that "Monte ! 'o™*^* such a tieup two years ago, 
Cas.sino" is evidently a straight- its special handling of rc- 
lorward account of the abbey's 'S5,ues with sales of the foreign pic- 
siege, its long running time tends '■"''6s it imported for domestic re- 
to wring the dramatic values dry lease. That department is now 
before the end of the footage, headed up by M-G shorts sales 
More Judicious edjting could have manager William B. Zoellner. 




fif G NEW 




WITH 



FAY BAINTER TWTuIiY s.r~«p>«*/'^«««««'«'«-'-^ 



.BRETAI6NEWINDU8T:e«o.»«HENRyi 



16 



PICTURES 



WeilaeMlay, November 3, 1948 



Cfips from Fihn Row 



NEW YORK 

Fred Schwartz, exeq veepee of 
he .Cehtury - qircuLt, is taking on 
le chores of amusement division 

■ liairman, Federation of Jewish 
■'hilanthropies' 1948 fund-raising 
.'rive. Schwartz has set a goal of 

400,000 for the year. Amusement 
<ing chipped in $285,000 during 
le '47 campaign which was headed 
y Si Fabian, New Yorlt circuit 

■ aerator. Fabian introduced 
bhwartz as new chairman at a 
mcheon-meet held last week at 
le Hotel Astor. Campaign starts 



new theatre there.. Minnesota 
Amus. recently applied for a re- 
newal of a license it had to build 
in Rose. 

Arlene Dahl back in her home 
town for personal appearances at 
State for opening of "Southern 
Yankee" in which she plays femme 
lead. 

Radio City had William Holden, 
William Demarest, Mary Hatcher 
and Robert Stack for- personal ap- 
pearances ftrst.two nilpiits of "Miss 
Tatlock's Millions." 

Although city council license 
committee voted 4 to 1 against 



nmediately arid Schwartz hopes to license to Mrs. B. M. Secrest, for- 
mounce fulfillment of . the goal at : mer exhibitor, for new theatre* 
Federation luncheon slated for flght will be carried to council 

floor on minority report favoring it 



)ed; 14. 

J.' M. Beatty named Eagle Lion 



Richfield, independent suburban 



change manager in Des Moines, i house, joining three other houses 



icceeding F. J. Lee; latter to 
anage EL's St. Louis branch. For 
e past two-and-one-half years,, 
^atty has held down managership 
• Monogram's Des Moines exr 
:ange,.'-' ■ 

Norma Seltzer hired by Uniyer- 
■L to fill the job of assistant to 
2nry A. Linet, U's ad manager. 



in getting 28^day availability in 
place of 42. 

Wi B. Frank oil, to Hollywood to 
start his forthcoming picture, "Dan 
Patch." He plans world preem in 
Twin Cities. 

Conrad Kriedberg, former Selz- 
nick manager here, and more re- 
cently with St. Louis branch, re 



mdling mediae She was formerly i. signed, and back in Minneapolis, 
ec secretary to the managing 



son" clause of ruling is the "out" 
by whieh kids can go to footbaU 
games, theatres, chuieh and school 
events, these being acceptalble rea- 
sons. 

Frank Plumlee stepped out as 
district manager pf Theatre' En' 
terprises, Inc. (the Griffitli circuit), 
to enter partnership with Tom 
Harris in a small circuit operating 
out of Farmington, M*. Kansas 
City office now is under Ed Kid- 
well, brought up from Kos^well, 
New Mexico, where he was City 
manager, 

BOSTON 

The corner stone of the new 
Nathan Yamins research laboratory 
of Beth Israel Hospital was laid 
October 30. Building was donated 
by the Fall River exhibitor in 
August, 194,4. " 

Louis Nizer, executive secretary 
of N. Y. Film Board of Trade will 
be chief speal^er at invitational 
dinner of theatre division of Com- 
bined Jewish Appeal of New Eng- 
land, here Wov, 4. 

Ralph Geffner, booker at E-L, 
named office manager at National 
Screen, replacing Frank Wolf, re- 
signed Norman Sacknoff, assistant 
cashier, moved up to replace Geff- 
ner. 

Clityton Eastman, former district 
manager at United Artists, joined 



Indies' Domestic Drive-ins 



Jmmaitti from page 4 i 



'iter of Esquire mag. Miss Seltzer 
kes over from Doris Glass, who 
signed to marry Leonard Koplin 
£ Philadelphia. 



PHILADELPHIA 

The Goldman and Fox followed 
ad of the Warner chain and up- 
:d top price 5c. to equal Warners^ 
se in firstruns from 94 to 99c 



Horace Heidt date at Audi- Selznick as special representative, 
torium, under Northwest Variety 



currently underway on Kelly drive- 
in on Frio City road. The other for 
which plans have been completed 
is in Highland Park area. 



New 1,000-Seater for El Paso . 

El Paso. 
New 1,000-seat Valley theatre 
opened here by Vest Texas Amus. 
Co., composed of Cesle C. Due.s, 
Henry Sorenson and Everett Col- 
lins, of Dallas; and Gene Hendon, 
who is manager. 



EL'S Krim 

Continned from pace < 



Amus. Co., Winona, Minn. 



club sponsorship, drew capacity 
house. . '.S'li.' '''i'-" 

f'Hy";; Chapman j Cotumbii*. branch; 
mknagi^r, taking rest cure in, hosr 

'pital; 

Pat Hallbran, local Univers«^ 
salesman, elected a veepee Of Col- 
osseum, national or^ahlzation of 
film, salesmen; 
Frank Eisenberg, of United Art- 
oldman office said the Warner , ifts. bought the Lake, Washburn, 
I Wis. 



Q1ICAGO 

William Ham celebrated 30th 
year as . bookeir : with ■ Paramount 
Oct. 22. 

Universal preparing for Chi 
"Hamlet" run, with Maurice Berg- 
misn, eastern ad-publicity director; 
Robert Ungerf eld, theatre coordin- 
ator; Richard Weaver, advance 
man; and Harold Butchin in town 



ove necessitated the increase, be- 1 "''s. _ . , ,.i,!.,-<»oc ' to arrange Nov. 24 opening. 

>use operating at the cheaper!,. North Central Allied changes , Delegation from Chi to Allied 
-"ce pS their lead de luxer , distributors here >re up t^ convention of theatre 

f a &vantage in competitive "^i^n^'ne out film with j Orleans. Nov. 29, 

m bidmng a collect on dehycry attached for i„c,udes Jack Kirsch, head of Al- 

wiiiiom T TimiP T|ni,,„-„i Something other than film actually - • 

William .1. Do\ le limversai gripped, such as a claimed overage 
,Iesman named president Mo- it-^j ^ jier picture or for un- 
m Picture Associates, at annual i features or shorts. It claims 
ection. Also named were John / = iiipoai . 

-. Ber#n (Par), vice president: | Pra«ice is illegal. 



aorge D. Hutclieon (WB^ treas-| 

-er, and Moses Leo Koppelman ol. LUUlk) 

'ational Film), secretary. | j^e Bowles, booker for Film 

National Screen Service closed ' classics, St. Louis, resigned to 
; Washington branch although ! return to theatre field. 
11 maintaimng an office there Yisxv^ Hynes, manager of Uni- 
d _ will hahdle . Washington and ■ ^ersal exchange, convalescing from 
.'.Itimore activities from the oifiee I gjja^,^ of fly 

■re. Joe Woodward,' who resigned as I president and general manager 

Taking theu wage case to the gj. manager for Eagle Lion, I Frank Newman for the same cu-- 

ibUc, Stanley Warner employees | hosted at barbecue by sales and , cuit. Thia is a newly created 



lied Theatres of 111., Lou H. Ham- 
son, Richard Salkin, Abe Auerbach, 
Art Sass, Robert Lubliner, Ben 
Banowitz, Mayer Stern, Sam Abra- 
hams and Sol Best. 



cuit and organization for the drive- 
ins, headed by Gordon McKinnon, 
a vet employee. Work on all eight 
will start immediately. Each drive- 
in will accommodate 500 cars and 
cost about $80,000. 

Minnesota Entertainment Enter- 
prises, comprising'.prominent Twin 
City independent exhibitors, in- 
cluding Field, now has a circuit of 
four drive-ins started In the Min- 
neapolis-St. Paul area, with more 
planned/ Two are in operation. 

Ted Mann and Charlie Ruben- 
stein, Field (in association with ; 
Eddie Ruben and Clem Jaunich), ! 
the W. R. Frank g,roup, Ruben j 
with Joe Floyd and a Ralph Green \ 

group are local indie exhibitors I . . . , 

launching drive-in circuits. Others P^na »«> Wea solid exploita- 
are a syndicate headed by Ted ' hook and those which are 
Karatz, local sound equipment jgrossers because of their fine stor^ 
manufacturer; Roy McMinn and ™^te"al, pim said. As to Idea 
Clarence Kaake, Duluth and Su-jfil'Ms. thats where we come in. 
perior exhibitors: and L. G. Roes- course, yow cm toly do a few 
ner and Al Smith of the Colonial y«arly with a really good idea." 

The banks are still ready to lend 
60% oh filitts' whtch aii^^^^r^^^ 
budgeted and cOnibine a prpmising 
cast ■ aftd; storyi Krlm ; said; ' ""rtie 
era ;of thie film prohjOter, however, 
is ended." he added. Such 
things as sai^- defer^ . 
big salaries, for > producer who ' 
adds nothing ^f yei^l: valiie to a- Alni ? 
are out so fai^ ss thier banks ar^ cbn- 
eerned:> ^ui (hci ^ank of America 
and other ebnc^rn^ are stUl solidly ; 
behind the picture indto^^^ i , 
Four-picture deal which EL had 
with Walter Wanger has been cut 
to three films, Krim said; Wanger ; 
•has completed two of these— "Reign " 
{of Terror" and "iMbsa"— and has 
One more to . disUyerj, :*'The ■ Blank: . 
Wall," starring Joan Bennett, 
"Tulsa" with a production nut . of ' 
$1 ,650,000 was the most expen- 
sive pic so far made for EL. 

Krim came east principally to 
close "a substantial deal" for the 
sale of EL's pix for distribution in 
mid-EurOpe. \ While • withholding 
details, he said the deal called for 
payment to the company of hard 



Two New Drivc'Ina Near Dallas 

Dallas. 

Charles W. Weisenburg plans 
construction of a new SOO-ear 
drive-in between here and Seago- 
ville. At present he Is rebuilding 
the Sylvia, Seagoville. which was 
recently .damaged., by: fire. New 
house will seat 600. Weisenburg, 
John Fagin, and Harold Wilson, 
operating as WFW Theatres Inc.. 
are building the Dunvista drive-in 
at Borgen 



. Drive-In For JacksonviU^^ 

Jacksonville. . 

New $250,000 drive-in with 1,700- 
auto capacity and- seating facilities 
for 1,000 customers, is being 
readied for opening here. Con- 
struction is being handled by 
Tropical Drive-In Theatres., It will 
be called the Normandie Outdoor 
Twin Theatre. . 



Pitt Building Union Halted 

Pittsburgh. . . 
AFL building trade unions were currency 
told in federal court here that they 
could not interfere with the con 



d a hbrse ana buggy (a slap at ffi^e staff. He joined Delft Thea- 
the company s reputedly anti- ; ^j.^ Marquette, Wis. 

:'.1®"[.!!'/J?? P"*""-'' parading mid- George Barlier, owner of film 

houses in four Illinois towns, con- 
fined to Villa Grove, 111., home be- 
cause of heart attaclv. 



.vvn streets. 



PITTSBURGH 

Harry E. Kafen purchased Sky 
' 'leatre from Paul Becker, It is the 

d Ohio, having been renovated 

-.d renamed last • year when 
. ^cker took it over. 

Frank X. Reller, formerly with 
,' ,oew's in St. Louis, joined UA 

'.les staff, succeeding Dave Brown, ^ 

"^signed. Reller will cover West ! JJ^ar'^j-gofJ iii 
. .rginia territory. • ■ 

Michael Halm, recently returned 

■om Europe,; reopened the Marsh 

1 South Wheeling, W. Va. House | 



post. 

' Clinton McFarland, for the last 
two years assistant to Jack Engcr- 
man, ad manager of Sterling Thfr- 
aires (Jolin Danz), placed in charge 
of advertising with the resignation 
St. Louis Variety Club will i of Engcrman. 
sponsor p.a. of Horace Heidt and Al O'Camp, formerly exploiteer 
his Cavalcade of Stars at the Henry 1 for RKO in northwest, back after 



SEATTLE 

William Thedford, former disr ^ ^^^^ ^^^^ ^^^^ 

tricl manager for Evergreen The- j gtruction of El Rancho drive-in 
atrcs, Portland, is new arrival m ■ Bridgeville, Pa., as part of a sec- 
Seattle, becoming assistant ^ ^to j ondary boycott. Judge Robert M. 

Q.jj^^^ j^^^^^ .^j^^^j.^^ ^j^.^j^ 

woiild restrain Building Trades 
Council and associated unions from 
withholding their labor at an out- 
door house because electricians 
represented by United Mine Work- 



W. Kiel (municipal) auditorium 
Nov. 12. Net proceeds will be 
earmarked for tent's Heart Fund;. 

Maury Edgar resigned' from St. 
Louis Eagle Lion sales staff to 
devote time to his 300-acre farm 



four years in the service, on spe- 
cial exploitation for "Song Is 
Bom." 



DALLAS 



, , , , , , L. D. Brown purchased the Plaza 

d been operated under lease for at Brownwood, Tex., from Joy 
year by George Prostinak, noW|Houck of New Orleans. Brown al- 
1 . ready operates the Queen and Ritz 
Mr. and Mrs. Guy Oglictti. local ; there 

■libs who recently returned from j tnterstate Theatres remodeling 
,a-mqnth visit to Italy, where Wigwam and Pershing in El Paso 
^, ; ••L%*«l!!*w^.^'LH^"?J'rrh„r?l An addition to the Pershing will 
W ^ .SSn^h v™?,?J n.^iilHt",^,^i I boost seating capacity to 800. Wig- 
W w'^Vi J T?^^'^^" ' warn will be renamed the State. 

W 'ed in World War II. T.t«.rH u..** or„i ni.„iiov,th6r 



LOS ANGELES 

Paramount announced a number 
of changes in its western sales divi- 
sion; Ward Pennington upped from 
K. G: salesman to sales manager 
in San Francisco; Frank Westbrook 
moved from Denver to succeed 
Pennington in K. C. Paul AU- 
meyer, Denver booking manager, 
u^ped to sales manager; James R. 
Ricketts, assistant ; booking man- 
ager in Des Moines, moved to AUt 
meyer's old post in Denver. 

Fox West Coast renewed long- 
term leases on three film houses in 



With Milton Broudy, transferred sold theS loMl MoiiSn ex- ^^"'"/"}''- Glen theatre, Glendale 
-re from Philadelphia exchange, XLu.U. thf oar^T^cnrnVan^ ! ^2 



ivering the Main Line and some 
ty accounts for Eagle Lion, Dan 
'yers, newcomer to staff. Is as- 
igned to West Virginia area. 



MINNEAPOLIS 



change to the parent "company, ! Si'5"^"3„''y/^S^^ 
Monogram Pictures. Both plan to | ^fi^^n""*"^?: ""^ Sterland. L. A., 
retii-e but will continue operation | '""^ ^" yeais. 



of f our nabe houses here in which 
they have an interest with Gene 
Autry. 

All stock of United Theatre 
Service Corp., acquired by John C, 



"Time of Life" bought by Min- Greerj who has been general mana 
■2Sota Amus. Go. for. entire, circuit I ger for the last six months. He will 
id opens at local State and. .St [become president as weU as gen- 
'.lul Paramount soon. , I eral manager. John L. Francoiii is 



'Adult' Fare 

Continued from face- 



□ 



850G Costumer 

Continued, fiom page 3 la 

used the boom : ;once' in doing 
"T-Men." "We did something 
which John Ford , does a lot, had 
people walk towards the camera 



ers District 50 .were employed on | instead. It's more exciting when 
project , . i people come towards you and it 

. : ; ■ ' : . ■ {'eliminates tlie need for lighting big 



expanses." In "Reign," he said, 



New Te|as^Drive^-In I ceilings were used and the light- 

A new drive-in to be kAown as »"? was arranged from the floor, 
the Starlight is being built here by skirting the need for nggmg. 



R. S, Starling. He already oper- 
ates the Twilite drive-in here. 



New Drive-In Activity in Ky. 

St. Louis. 

Construction of drive-ins has 
accelerated during tlie past year 
with the Columbia Amus. Co., Inc., 
Paducah, Ky., now hi the field. Co- 
lumbia plans a 600-car operatinni 
hi Murray, Ky., where the com- 
pany now operates two theatres. 



"Louis B. Mayer (Metro's proi 
duction chief) was so impressed by 
'T-Men' that he had his .entire staff 
In at screenings of the film," Mann 
said. "He was Interested In learn- 
ing how the film could be made so 
cheaply and so well." 

In "Reign," according to Mann, 
one instance of the "imagination" 
used to save costs was the shoot- 
ing of the guillotine scene by 
placing the camera directly above 
the execution platform. "We elim- 



Opposish to the Columbia inter* .=i>....- 

K„ I?- ? 600-car drive-in . inated the necessity of shooting the 
IiTnear LK^k"^^. »rive- ! back of the platform and most of 

in, near Benton, Ky.; a 500-car one both sirifs. Bv «> dninp thP m«h 



being opened near Benton by Lake 
Edwards and Associates; a 25S-«ar 
drive-in opened by H. J. Shelby at 
Kevil, Ky. In IlUnois, Russell 
Baker is building a drive-in near 
Metropolis. 



both sides. By so doing, the mob 
scene was kept down to 90 people 
but gave the Impression of many 
more." 



influence the forthcomihg: Caha- 
dian situaiion. 

XT. »i. > .t -L , ' , X. . , - , , V ,, On the 20C& amusement tax. 

More than- 20 of terntory s mr I retiring head and; orgamzer, of the i^v]ji(;b^ ^ya^^ dropped by the fed- 

' '^i"':ff*.**^*i5"'""*»''''f "'"^ concern. ' ^^^^ government and immediately 

'.ade reservations , to, attend na- • ■ ■ — — ■ i ,<„i,„„„„„j u., fi.» «..«.riw»;.,t ^a.; 

onal Allied Stales' convention at' --n. ; reimposed by the piovincial gov- 



COLUMBUS 



cmmcnts to be earmarked for hos- 



. few Orleans Nov. 29^30 and Dec, 1. , ■ ^a. i > ,r • • 

New Cedar, first neighborhood Mrs. Lelia Steams, general man- ' P'tals relief, Morris Stem of Fa- 
louse to be built here in dozen ager of the Southern, downtown mous Players (Canadian) reported 
ears because of city council ban ' second-run , film house, has com- that every means had been used 
m new sfaowhouse construction, pleted a $30,000 facelift job by the MPTA to eliminate or al- 
ijpens shortly. on the theatre, once playing all Icviate the tax but such efforts 

Kenneth Eitrem resigned as legit productions li er e. Mrs. hadn't been successful. 
Paramount booker to become an , Steams finished the, revamping; Elected directors were Morris 
RKO saleiiman at Sioux Falls, S. D. which- was originally planned by Stein, Famous Players; George 



5M-Car Texas Drive-In 

Wichita Falls, Tex. 
New 5 00-car Falls drive-in 
opened here by John Blocker and 
J. S, Sands. 



Extended Dates 



ContinncA front page I 



■Third priveTin Near IWiiwankef : hv^tK .WeidEei^ pi)rodi)et.^;Q^ 

/i..^„t ■ i<- > . , W'.lwai'kee. . is that les$er, pictures are foftuhate 
iri^ M^l"*^ "Ic" fi drive- to last. Out a full week. 

Bert Zats promoted from bUling her husband who died- four years , Peters, Odeon (Ban£r'Theat"re°s": | this" we^k b^ X?cL^hea*t%s ^itu^^^ ^-Thi^^lirrt Tv^lm^hit 
..li^^c. fsti 4,<i»an/>v am i :»T.Lii. ., , » vitlJiv s,/^:,-.: i.ni,rfi\fff.wirr«».i„.,(. r^A.,- , tT ..;t«^,." situation^ ine old axiom that 



only three pietiireii went six week* 
or- longer, ' while In 1941 thesis 
were 11 tbeatries playing sis rounds 

Start Corpus Christi Drive-ln '^"^ \. . 

Corpus Christ! Tex 1 ™ holoover time in smaller 

Underwood & Ezell Orive-In ' those outside the first 50 

Theatre Corp., renewed permit for l^^y' spots, is comparatively more 
construction of $40,000 drive-in severe than hi larger keys. This 
here. Permit was originally grant- is understandable to distributors, 
ed more than a year ago, and work , being attributed to the fact that 
already has started on outdoor patrons are shopping for screen 

fare, with the result that smash 
hits drain more heavily on houses 



clerk to fill vacancy. ago. 

Bennie Berger, North Central j 
Allied president, praised film com-. | 
panics for showing more concilia' ( 

tory spirit and being more cooper- Curfew at 9 o'clock decreed for 



KANSAS CITY 



A. (Nat) Taylor, 20th I Management Corp. It will haO^ tTere i "no situ^^^^^^ 
Theatres: William Sum- 1.000-car capacity. Marcus is build- ■ f^A r.?ph™ r.., l„ (c .,iY^r.« 
and Sam Fine B F WKjwo^her drive-ins at Appleton ^'^^^ ^^^ ^ "^H^ 



i Nathaniel 
r Centuiy 

merville and Sam Fine, B & F 
Theatres. Independent theatre rep- 



v^eTn" dWnng wlfh i^d^^^^^^^^^ kidTof Ka^^as City: KrnV.:but it J^^^ 

exhibitors. won't affect their theatre-going, ac- ^a'"- I?5rb Allen, Roy Miller 

Paul Mans and associates filed a cording to Edward lU(/es, police Larr.v Ritza^,^Lou Rosefield, Floyd 

hourt action to mandamus town lieutenant ' ' " ' ' - .- x,. . . n,, . 

council of Rose, Twin City .suburb, bureau 

to grant them a license to build a under 



and Lacrosse, Wis. 



The catch this 
year is that there are fewer of 
these good pictures available. I 
have discovered that when these 



t Drive-Ins For San Anidnio 

. San Antonio, , . , 

rwo big drivc^ms are planned big . draw' pictures are available 




VFedncsday, Novemlter 3, 1948 



17 




appeal. Wynn takes honors m laug ^^^^^^^^^ 

laughs.*" . 
olmosV unbelievably fast pace to .^ohpenoent 

.v,Te 95 minutes of enter- 
ShooW do business everywhere. ^ 

tainnnent." urefire 



ally delighted. Told at a tunou y ^^^^^^ 

.,• UA tills. Wonderful cast. 
« Should keep coin roUmg mto UA ^^^^^ 

Rare comedy." 

whose sequences bring dov/n 

A W«*y' ^any ^''"^ • • • V'"" , ^ „o^^vWO00 REPORTER 

the house." 

view audience rollicked with con j^^,^, 

« WeUom. batch of slapstick should score nicely. A load 
of laughs." 




particolorW 

wonderlol for 
the type who 
goes for the :r 
* type who cannot 
type I 



harry M Popkm preser.f, 

LARAINE DAY • KIRK DOUGLAS 
KEENAN WYNN • HELEN WALKER 

m 

RUDYVALLtE ■ Florence Bates • Alan ^^owbrav 
Gale Robh'ns ■ Irene Ryan • Grady SuUon 

r:. Leo C. Popkir, • .... 

o.'-.-t-c)t, Charles Martin •aw,.. - . 




Released thru 



18 



PI€TljRES 



Wtduttdmjf Niovemlwr 1948 



Smalltown Exlnbs Balk Supniii^ 
Any Big City Public Relations Plan 



Chances of all-industry adoption 
of Paul MacNamara'» plan for a 
f2,000,000 film public relations 
program were dimmed last week 
wlien the Theatre Ownefs of- Attier* 
lea, most likely, exhib org to join 
the scheme, backed away following 
an executive committee meet in 
New York. The maneuver was acr 
complished in a cautiously worded 
statement which -made no specific 
■reference to : the p:r. institute pro- 
posed by David O. Selznick's ad- 
pub chief and favored by an influ- 
•ential Hollywood faction. 

TOA's statement declared that 
Gael Sullivan, exec director, would 
make a, further study of ■ various 
plans offered to the group, but that 

• It. was the consensus that the per- 
manent program should be .built 
around the local exhibitor, and 
made available to all exhite who 
. are- willing to cooperate. MacNa- 
. mara's plan, which won preliminary 

approval' at TOA's. Chicago conven- 
tion in September, would con- 
centrate on key cities and depend 
on penetration through urban cen- 
ters to the smaller spots. 

While not so stating, it's under- 
stood that. TOA: conducted a;i tinr 
official check with smalltown' ex- 
hibs who balked at the McNamara 
plan because of its big-city concen- 
tration. Tliey saw no reason to 
donate a percentage of their ad- 
vertising budget — one phase of the 
proposal-^when there would be lit- 
tle or no advertising in their lo- 
. caleSi' ; Small fry also ..shied away 
..because lio : local ' control of ■ the. 
campaign WAs provided. 

Exec committee agree to a 60- 
day experiraental basi.s for a na- 
tional conciliation plan ' proposed 
by prexy Arthur Lockwood. TO A 
will immediately embark on tlie 
setup ^'in the hope of making a 
sincere, firm effort to check the 
ever-mounting number of suits that 
are strangling the industry," ac- 
cording to St Pabian; exec eommit- 
tee chairman. 

TOA state and regional units 
will form conciliation committees 
of three men. Of these, one will 
ihe a TOA member; one a member 
of some other group, and the third 
unaffiliated with any organization; 
Three-man boards will screen ex- 
hib gripes and attempt to adjust 
them on a local level. If they fail, 
national unit will take the matter 
up witli homeoffice officials of the 
company involved. When unsuc- 
cessful on a nationallevelj arbitra- 
tion Is to be recommended on the 
dispute. 

'Meet wound up with naming of 
David Wallerstein. Ghi exhib, and 
Walter Reade, Jr., : New York and 
Jersey operator, as co-chairmen, 
with Mitchell Wolfson, Miami, of 
the television committee. M. A. 
.Lightman, Jr;, Memphis, . will . also 
•serve. Wolfson and Sullivan'' will 
J hold a series of nieetinss to study 
various proposals.: 

WUliam F. Ruffin, Sr., was named 
chairman, and Edvyiard Zorn and 
Reade as members of a' National 
Screen : Service committee. Trio 
will act for all exhibs with conttO':' 
versies or problems involving NSS. 

• Latter has indicated a desire to 
cooperate, 

Group decided in favor of a full 
board meet in Washington some 
time in January. .: Attending last 
week's huddle were Lockwood, 
Wolfson^ Sullivan, : Lightman, 'Fa- 
bian, Ted Gamble, board chairman; 
Leonard Goldenson, Paramount's 
theatre chief Robert Coyne, J. J. 
O'liCaty, Harry Lowenstein, Lewen 
Pizor and Herman M. Levy, 



Dr. Gallup 

Continued from pace S- 



have more money : and more op- 
portunity to go to pictures than 
the younger set," he added. "Han- 
dled right they could go twice 
often." 

. 'Uniformity of 'Advertising' ' 

One of the factors keeping those 
who are :riot fans from showing 
up at the boxoffice is ''uniformity 
of advertising,"- Dr. Gallup said; 
"Most-film advertising: is designed- 
to catch ; the: fan public," he: ex- 
plained. "You must do a special 
sort bf job to reach people over 30, 
Any picture that did big business 
was known to this group and well 
patronized by it;" He cited "Best 
Years," "The Jolson Story" and 
"Welcome Stranger" as examples. 
These pix, he : said, were as welt 
known by: the: older group as by 
the fans. 

Two things are habitually stud* 
ied by the pic Industry "every 
week in the year," according to 
Dr; Gallup. His outfit is continue 
ally checking, into how well the 
public knows of a particular film 
and how: many went to see it. .But 
an overall survey of the entire field 
"has never been done in the his-^ 
tory of . the business/ : ' We have 
mountains of information on who 
goes to pictures but none on why 
some do and 'Some don't". 

Three aspects of the problem 
were checked off by Dr: Gallup. 
"First; the industry must produce 
more pictures of interest not only 
to the fans but also , people over 
30. Second, the industry must do a 
better job in getting these, films 
I known to those who generally do 
I not go. On this score, advertising 
l is entirely too uniform. Third, the 
' industry must change the pattern 
I of thought of older people." :: 
I On th6 third count. Dr. Gallup 
, believes the 52,000,000 public rcla- 
I tions pi'ogram proposed by Paul 
1 MacNamara, ad-pub topper, for Da- 
i vid O. Selznick, is "extremely in- 
i talligent, sensible and reasonable.'' 
I "It is aimed to bring in the people 
' over 30," he added. "There is no 
[ doubt people in that group ' have 
' a lot of crazy ideas about pictures 
1 and Hollywood." ' : ;, 
I However, the industry must also 
I think of the other two aspects, he 
declared, if it wished to intelli- 
I gently tackle the problem. 



LOUISVILLE 

(Continued from page 9) 
65)— "Love of Mary" (U) and 
"End. of Biver" (U). Slow S4,800. 
Last week, "Larceny" (U) and 
"Assigned to Danger" (EL), $4,000. 

Rialto (FA) (3,400; 45-65)— 
"Apartment For Peggy" (20th) and 
"Night Wind" (20th). Looks pace- 
setter this week,' with nice $15,- 
000. Last week, "Sorry, Wrong 
Number" (Par) and "French 
Leave" (Mono), brisk $16,000. 

State (Loew's) (3,000; 45-65)— 
"Red River" (UA) and "Manhat- 
tan Angel" (Col). Fine $13,000. 
Last week, "Southern Yankee" 
(M-G) and "Secret Land" (M-G), 
solid $18,000. 

Strand (FA) (1,000; 45-65)— 
"Ruthless" (EL) and "Linda Be 
Good" (EL), Mild $4,000 Indi- 
cated. Last week, "Night Song" 
(RKO) and "Train to AlcaUaz' 
(Rep), $4,500. 



Picture Grosses 



'River' at Flood Level 
In Denver With 



$15,000 



Hughes Plans 

Conttmied from page 3 i 



Tevlin-Repub 

Ccntinucd from page 3 



coin before entering any negotia- 
tions witii Yates. They feel, how- 
ever, that Tevlin is a natural for 
the studio job if- they can swing a 
deal. 

Understood, the syndicate will- 
ing to go for the: proposition if it 
can be handled for $4,000,000. Of 
this, $2,900,000 would go to clean 
up loans outstanding to Rep from 
a group of banks. However, Yates 
has consistently denied any inten- 
tion of selling his interest at less 
than $3,000,000. 

Yates' holdings, it's said, repi'e- 
Jents some 10% of the entire com- 
mon stock issue. The Jules E. 
Brulatour estate holds another 
24%. Syndicate thinks it can work . 
out a deal with Brulatour Inter- + 
ests if it Can close with Yates. i 



- 

I is down about 20%. Nonetheless, 
j the circuit's net will be sizable 
:aiid when the figures are: aired. 
: should send price quotes up con^ 
1 siderably. Another important fac- 
I 4or is the probability that thfe 
; theatre company will liquidate 
i some of its brick-and-mortar hold- 
i ings for cash while taking back 
! longterm operating leases. 

RKO theatres have a net worth 
valuation on the company's books 
of $15,000,000 after deduction of 
mortgages and other obligations of 
j some $25,000,000. Book value, 
I however, is highly confervativc. 
1 Reported prices . of , $35,000,000- 
1 $40,000,000 offered to Hughes for 
rhis 24% interest are considered 
j entirely too high here for belief. 
I - ■ ;New:. Board ■ 
j At the reorganization meet held 
here, Floyd Odium, Harry Duming 
and L. Boyd Hatch, all represent- 
ing Atlas Corp., former control' 
■ ling, stockholder, resigned, N, Pester ■ 
Rathvon is expected to follow suit 
later. New board consists of f 
Hughes. Depinet, Noah Dietrich, J. i 
Miller Walker, George H, Shaw, 
L. Lawrence: Green and Frederick 
L, Khrman. New chairman will not 
be appointed until the stockholdei-s 
meeting, 

; Atlas still holds 300(000 RKO. 
stock warrants. Resigning direc- 
tors explained that, as directors, 
they were in favor of the reorgani • 
zation plan and the sale of war- 
rants, but as directors of Atlas thej 
could not approve, in the best in- 
terests of their company, the plan 
that they buy one .share of each of 
the theatre and production stock 
They wanted to give \\arran' 
holders the right to excnisc thcii- 
option on either theatre or pro 
ductioH' stock, on the basis that 
each warrant holder is entitled to 
buy one share of each stock, as he 
prefers. Planned reoi-ganization of 
MCO would require a tvco-thlrds 
vote 6f all stockhold«n. 



Denver, Nov. 2, : 
Turning them away every night 
even though single-billed in com- 
petition with duals in all other 
Denver firstrunsi"Red River" is 
soaring to sock session at Broad- 
way, and will hold. Indian sum' 
mer weather is keeping many peo- 
ple out of theatres. 

Estimates for This Week 
Aladdin (Fox) (1,400; 35-74)-- 
"Apartment for Peggy" (20th» 
and ^'Michael O'Halloran" (Mono) 
(m.o.). Day-date with Rialto. Big 
$9,500. Last week, "Egg and 1" 
(U) and "Canyon Passage" (U), fair 
$3,000. 

Broadway (Ginehia) 11^500; 35- 
74)— "Red River" (UA). Smash 
$15,000, and holding. Last week,. 
"Man Godfrey" (U) and "When 
Tomorrow Comes" (U), $3,000. 

Denham (Cockrill) (1,750; 35-70) 
-^"Night Has Thousand Eyes" 
(Par) (2d wk) and "Triple Threat" 
(Col). Down to dim $8,500. Last 
week, mild ^ilO.OOO. 

Denver (Fox) (2,52.'i; 35-74)— 
"Time of Life" (UA) and "Thun-. 
derhoof" (Col), dav-date :with 
Esquire. ?vln(lf>rate SKi.OOO. Last] 
week, '■ Aoartment for Peggy'' 
(20th) and' "Michael O'Halloran" 
(Mono), big SI 8.000, 
[ ■ : Esoivtife ■'i.#(ix) .■,(742; 35-74)-^ 
' "Time of Life" (U.\) and "Thun- ' 
I derl^oof'^ (Col), also Denver. Dim i 
I .S2,000. Last week. "Apartment ' 
: Peggy" (20thl and "Michael O'Hal- ' 
, loran" (Mono\ fine $4,000. i 
I Orpheum (RKOl (2.600; 35-74)— 
j "Pirate" (M-G) and "Thunderhoof" I 
: (Col), Fairish S,t!15,000, Last 
'week, "Good Sam" (RKO) and 
1 "Jassy" (U) (2d wk), good $11,500. 
I Paramount (Fox) (2,200: 35-74) — 
, "Northwest Stampede" (EL) and 
■ "Spiritualist" (ED, day-date with 
Webber. Very mild $8,000. Last 
jweek, 'iRuthless" (EL) and "En- 
; chanted Valley" lEI,). $9,500. 
I " Rialto (Fox) (878; 35-74)— 
' "Apartment for Peggy" (20th) 
and "Michael O'Hvilloran" (Mono) 
(m 0,). A'so Aladdin. Oke $3.- 
000,: Last week. "Black Arrow" 
(Col) and "Lulu Belle" (Col) 
, (m.o.t. S2,500. 

! Webber (Fox) (750; 35-74)— 
I "Northwest Stampede" (EL) and 
"Spiritualist" (EL), Also Para- 
mount, Good $3,000 or Over. Last 
week, '^Apartment for Peggy" 
(20th) and "Michael O'Halloran" 
(Mono), $3,000. 



SEATTLE 

(Continued from page 8) 
000 or less. Last week, "Cry of 
City" (20th), $5,600 in 6 days. 

Orpheum (H-E) (2,600; 50-84)— 
"Johnny Belinda" (WB) and "Sur- 
render Dear" (Col). Big $12,500. 
Last week, "Touch of Venus" (U) 
and "Sword Avenger" (EL), nice 
$10,300. 

Palomar (Sterling) (1,350; 40-$l) 
—"Out of Storm" (Rep), with Mills 
Bros, heading stageshow. Sock 
$13,000 or near. Last week, 40-65, 
"Jericho" (20th) and "Beyond 
Glory" (Par) (2d run), slow $4,200 
in 6 days. 

Paramount (H E) (3,039; 50-84)— 
'■Southern Yankee'' (M-G) and 
"Hunted" (Mono) (2d wk). Good 
$7,000. Last week, solid $12,600, 
but below hopes. 

Roosevelt (Sterling) (800; 50-84) 
—"2 Guys Texas" (WB) and "For- 
eign Affair" (Par) (Zd- runs). Oke 
$4,000. Last week, "Slave Ship" 
(20th) and "Frontier Marshal" 
(20th) (reissues), big $6,100. 



'Rope' Holds Omaha, lOG 

Omaha, Nov. 2. 
Hallowe'en, midnight shows with 
perfect weather upped grosses in 
every downtown house and many 
neighborhood s pots . Paramount 
with "Southern Yankee," backed by 
"City of Little Men," short about 
Boys Town near here lo6ks good. 
One of biggest grosses in weeks 
IS going to "Rope" at the Brandeis. 
Estimates for This Week 
Brandeis (RKO) '1.500; 16-65) — 
"Rope" (WB) and "Gentleman No- 
where" (Col). Great $10,000, Last 
week, "Loves of Carmenf (Col) and 
"Thunderhoof" (Col), fine $9,000. 

Paramount (Tristates) (2,800; , 
16-65)— "Southern Yankee" (M-G). ' 400 
Good $11,000. Last week, "Luck of ! Loew's 
Irish" (20th), $11,000, 

Orpheum (Tristates) (3,000; 16-65) 
—"Dream Girl" (Par) and "Gallant 
Legion" (Rep), - Fairly nice $12,- 
000 or close, La.st week, "Four 
Faces West" (l,A) and "Jiggs, Mag- 
gie in Society" 'Mono), ,"610,800. 

Omaha (Tristates) i2,100)— "Man- 
'Oater Kumaon" (U), Acceptable 
i!),800. Last week, "Pcabody and 
Tcrmaid" dJ) and "The Cobra 
'likes" I EL), $9,000. 
State I Goldberg) (865; 16-65) — 
San Francisco" (M-G) and "Night 
■it the Opera" (M-G) (reissues). 
Opened Sunday 131). Last week, 
"Luxury Liner" (M-G) and "Secret 
Land" (M-G) soek $6,500, 



'Belinda' Boffo $30,000, 
Leader in Hub; 'River' 
Swift 46G in 2 Spots 

Boston, Nov. 2. 
Despite pre-election excitement 
and election itself plus outdoors 
weather and generally offish trend, 
a couple of spots are getting good 
takes. . Biz is off at most other 
theatres. "Johnny- Belinda" at the 
Met is tops. "Red River" at State 
and Orpheum looks big. : 
Estimates for This Week 
Astor (Jaycox) (1,300; 90-$2.40)— 
"Hamlet" (U) (11th wk). Down to 
$9,000. Moves out to Beacon Hill 
Nov. 1 0, Last week, $9,200, 

Boston (RKO) (3,200; 40-80)— 
"Cry of City ' (20th) and "The 
Creeper" (20th). Fairly good $22,- 
000. Last week, "Drums" (UA) 
and "White Feather" (UA) (re.^ 
issues), $23,000. 

EsQuire (M-P) (1;000;: 9042.40)— 
"Macbeth" (Rep) (5th wk). Weak 
$3;000. Last week; about same, 

Exeter ( Indie) (1,300; 45-75)— i 
"Blanche Fury" (EL) and "Gay 
Intruder" (20th) (2d wk). Neat ' 
$6,000 after $8,000 first. 

Fenway (M-P) (1,373; 40-80)— 
"Night Has 1.000 Eyes" (Par) and 
"Smuggler's Cove" (Mono) (2d wk), ! 
Mild $4,000 after okay $7,000 first.- 
Memorial (RKO) (3,000; 40-80)^ 
"Race Street" (RKO) and "Variety 
Time" (RKO). Opened today (2). 
Last week, "One Touch Venu,s" (U) 
and "Bodyguard!; (UKOi, yanked 
after 6 days only $18,000. 

Metropolitan (M-P) (4,367; 40- 
80) — ".Tohnny Belinda" (WB). 
Strongest item in town with solid I 
$30,000. Last week, "Apartment ! 
ifor Peggy" (20th) and "Night] 
; Wind" (20th), $26,000. i 
Orpheum iLoew) (3,000; 40-80)— 
. "Red River" (UA) and "Manhattan 
I Angel" (Col )i Second week be- , 
I ginS; today (Tues,). Last week, | 
sock $31,000. ' 

Paramount (M-P) (1,700; 40-80 1 
—"Night lias 1,000 Eyes" (Par) 
and "Smugglers Gove" (Mono) {2d j 
wk). Mild $12,000, after okay $16,- : 
000 first. I 
State (Loew) (3,500; 40-80)— ' 
"Red River" (UA) and "Manhatta." I 
Angel" (Col). Second week begins ! 
today (Tues ). La.st week, big 
$16,000. 



Star Personals Boost 
'Tatlock's' OK $14,000, 
KX.; Teggy' Lush 17G 

Kansas City, Nov. 2. 
- New bills carry only moderate 
weight and grosses are in same 
groove. "Miss Tatlock's Slillions" 
at Paramount was kicked olf on an 
area : preem Wednesday: with one- : 
day of personals by Mary Hatcher, • 
William Holden, Robert Stack and 
Bill Demare.st. Best money prob- 
ably will be landed by " Apartment 
for Peggy" at the Tower-Uptown- 
Fairway trio and likely will stay ' 
over. "Walk Crooked Milef^ at 
Midland and "Raw DeaP': at Boxy ^ 
are both average. 

Estimate! for This Week 

Esquire (Fox Midwest) (820; 45<' 
65)— "Corvette K-225" (FC) and 
"Wings Over Honolulu" (FC) (re- 
issues). Average $3,000. Last week, 
"Slave Ship" (20th) and "High ^ 
Seas" (Col) (reissues), good $4,000. 

Kimo (Dickinson) (550; 35-45-65) 
— "Fanny" (Indie). So-so $1,500. 
Last week, "Maiius" (Indie), .$900 
in 5 days. 

Midland (Loew's) (3,500; 45-65)— 
"Walk Crooked Mile" (Col) and 
"Rusty Leads Way" (Col). Mild 
$13,000. Last week, "Southern 
Yankee" (M-G) and "Secret Land" 
(M-G), nice $17,000, 

Orpheum (RKO) (1,900; 45-65)— 
"Rope" (WB) and "Variety Time" 
(RKO), held over 3 days, and "Four 
Feathers" (FC) and "Drums" (FC) 
(reissues). Light$9,000. Last week, ; 
"Rope" and "Variety Time ' (RKO), 
trim $14,000. 

Paramount (Par) (1,900; 45-65) — 
"Miss Tatlock's Millions" (Par). 
Had help of p.a.'s by William 
Holden, Mary Hatcher, Robeit 
Stack and Bill Demaresl opening 
day. Okay $14,000. Last week, 
"Sealed Verdict" (Par), steady 
$12,000. 

Roxy (Durwood) (900; 45-65) — 
"Raw Deal" (EL) and "Olympic 
Games 1948" (EL). Good $4,000. 
Last week, "Texas, Brooklyn" (UA) 
and "Shed No Tears" (EL), aver- 
age $3,000. 

Tower ■■ Uptown - Fairway (Fox : 
Midwest) (2,100, 2,043, 700; 45-65) 
—"Apartment for Peggy ' (20th). 
Solid $17,000. Last week, "Saxon 
Charm" (U), moved out after 8 
slow days at $9,500. 



'Julia' Best in Toronto, 
Fancy 14G, 'Affair' 16G 

Toronto, Nov. 2. 
Back at pop prices, "Best Years" 
is: continuing second-week turn- 
away business at almost every per- 
formance. "Julia Misbehaves" and 
"Innocent Affair" are both lilsh 
and best of newcomers. 

Estimates for This Week 
Imperial (FP) (3,373; 36-66)— 
"Velvet Touch" (RKO), Okay $15,- 
000, Last week.' "Sorry, Wrong 
Number" (Par) (3d wk), good $10,- 



(Lo'ew): (2,096; 3e.i66)-^ 
I ''Julia Misbehaves" (M-G). Fancy 
$14,000, Last week, "Paradine 
.Case" (SRO) (2d wk), big $12.,500, 
Odoon (Rank) (2,390; 35-$1.20)— 
"Best Years" iRKO) (2d wk). Ter- 
rific .S20,000 after last week's 
I smash $24,500. 

• Shea's- (FP) (2,386; 36-66)— 
"Loves of Carmen" (Col) (2d wk). 
Big $14,500 after last week's hefty 
,$16,400. 

I Tivoli (FP) (1,431; 36-66)— "Crv 
of City" i20th) (2d wk), Nice $5,000 
' after last week's hu,sky $6,200. 
: Uptown (Loew) (2,743; 30-66)— 
"Innocent Affair" 'UA), Fine $16,- 
000, Last week, "Larceny" (U), 
okay $11,600. 



'Blandings'Bigl6G,Mont'l 

. Montreal; Nov. 2, 
"C\ion City" and "Blandingg 
Dream House" shape as standout 
[among new pix' this week. "Ab- 
I bott-Costello Meet Frankenstein" 
also is big on second week. 
Estimates for This Week 
Loew's (C, T,) (2,855; 40-65)— 
I "Date With Judy" (M-G) i2d wk). 
, Big $17,000 after sockeroo $22,000 
, first week. 

, Capitol (C. T.) (2,412; 34-60)— 
"Black Bart" (U). Oke $15,000. 
Last weeks "Romance High Seas" 
(WB), slow $9,600. 

Palace (C. T.)- (2.625; 34-60)— 
"BiandinKs Dream House" iSRO). 
Fine $16,000. Last week, "Es- 
cape" (20th), fair $8,400. 

Princess (C. T.) (2,131; 34-60)— ' 
"Meet Frankenstein" (U) (2d wk). 
Strong $14,000 after smash $19,- 
000 first. 

Imperial (C, T.) (1,839; 26-45)— 
"Return Bad Men" (RKO) and 
"Gentlemen Nowhere" (Col), Good 
$6,500. Last week, "Mine Own 
Executioner" (20th) and "Triple 
Threat" (Col), $5,200. 

Orhpeum (C. T,) (1,040; 26-45) 
—"Canon City" (EL) and "Singin' . 
Spurs" (Col). Sock $6,000 or over. 
Last week, "Peabo4y.^md , Mer- 
maid" (U) and "Advfmture Sil- ; 
verado" (Col), routine $4,800. 

Par Drops Compulsory I 
Where Exhib Desires 

Minneapolis, Nov, 2. 
. Paramount: here has eliminated: 
compulsory percentage and is sell- 
ing flat in any situation vchere the 

I exhibitor has desired. 

I North Central Allied, which has 
been waging a bitter fight against ' 

.compulsory percentage and which, 
has been continuously attacking 

' Paramount for other reasbns, now 
has publicly congratulated the 
company. At the same time, it has 

I warned exhibitors to "be extremely 
careful in buying flat under this 
new policy" and not to permit it 
to be used as "a lever to raise your 

I film rentals." . 



Wednesday, Novembor 8, 1948 



PICTURES 19 



RKO's Consent Decree 



Continued from page S 



how in final form. It will be sub- 
mitted to the Federal court by the 
Goverriitient this- week lor ap- 
proval. 

The new RKO theatre company 
will take with it all theatre inter- 
ests now held by its predecessor 
company. Within one year,' how- 
ever, it must liquidate it,s holdings 
in all but 30 of the 241 theatres 
In which ic has a joint interest. with 
partners. II is permitted to retain 
■ the 80 wholly-owned houses; with 
minor exceptions; to which it. can 
add 30 theatres of its clioice from 
the partnership theatres. 

In effect, it allows the theatre 
company now in creation to have 
a maximum of 110 houses, or a 
few less. The 'decree specifically 
prohibits tlie two RKO companies 
to have common directors, officers, 
agents or employees. 

Howard Hughes, controlling 
Utockliolder- in the present RKO 
cetup with 24% of; the common 
itock, must within one year elect 
tO: sell his holding.? in either the 
producing or theatre company. 




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Deci'ee further provides that since 
no other stockholder owns 1% of 
the common stock, no sale require- 
ment will be directed against any 
of them. If Hughes does not dis- 
po,se of 1) is holdings in one or other 
companies within the year, he must 
deposit the stock with a trustee 
named by the court under a voting 
(rust agreement until lie makes the 
sale. 

Only 4 In N. Y. City 

Rather tncky provisions cover- 
ing sale of theatres is as follows: 
New company must terminate all 
existing ,ioin.t interests but may 
elect to end them in up to 30 thea- 
tres by acquiring the interest of the 
coownt-r. Kxcept for four theatres 
— the Alden, Jamaica; Midway, For- 
est Hills: and two chosen from the 
Castle Hill. Marble Hill and Pel- 
ham, Bronx^none of the 30 can 
be located ln New York Gity. 
. In the event that the new conir 
pany buys out Walter. Reade's half 
interest in the Trenton -New 
Brunswick (N. J.) circuit, it must 
dispose of its interest in one first- 
run house in Trenton. Company 
•will also dispose of its entire in- 
terest in two of : the theatres opet-' 
ated by it on first-run in Cincin- 
.nati'.- 

^There Is no restriction as to 
whom RKO can sell except that *t 
cannot be . a defendant in the ac*^ 
tion. Understood that even this 
restriction is directed only against 
theatre-downing ■ defendants and 
would not bar Universal, Columbia 
or United Artists from buying up: 
houses. 

RKO has represented that it will 
efl'ectuato a plan or reoryanization 



.separating theatres from produc- 
I tion-distribution within 90 days. 
First steps have already been 
taken by board approval, over the 
past weekend in Coast meetings. 

Production-distrib wing agrees 
to certain regulations in selling pix 
under the consent decree. It, howt 
ever, is not barred from dealing' 
with' the theatre company in regu- 
lar bookings of product. 

Other Curbs . 

Among sales restrictions are 
bans against pricerfixing; against 
creating R system of clearances 
with- othei.: distdbs; in enforcing 
excessive clearances; granting 
franchises; making master agree-: 
ments; block-booking. 

At any time after entry of a 
final decree against Universal and 
Columbia. RKO may elect to be 
relieved of the present decree in 
favor of that against the two com- 
panies. This provision, apparently, 
was inserted by RKO to avoid be-, 
ing sub.iect to tnore stringent pro^ 
visions than its competitors. . 

New RKO. companies are barred 
from obtaining other theatre inter- 
ests hereafter "unless the acquir- 
ing defendant shall show to the 
satisfaction of the court, and the 
court shall first find, that such ac- 
quisition , will nOt vunjJ.ttly restrain 
competition in tlie exhibitiob of 
feature, motion pictures." However; 
these eompanies may; elect to come 
under any provisions entered in a 
final decree against the four other 
theatre-owning defendants relating 
to the acquisition of tlieatres. 

The decree will not limit the 
right of RKO , during tiie one-year, 
period in the distribution of pix ito 
any theatre in which the' company' 
now holds a 95% interest; To en- 
force the decree. Government -is 
granted reasonable access to com-: 
pany books and records and to in- 
terrogate officers. 



Leibell's ASCAP Decree 



Continued from paee 8 ; 



RKO's Partner-Held Ikatres 

.Follouvwi!; is o complete list of the BKO partnership-held thea- 
tres m ivhich the company must UqiddatK its interests wtthin one 
year under the new consent decree. Company may, however, buy 
out its partners in a maximum of, 30 theatrei. List breaks down 
group into those held with three main partners; the botoice «cat- 
tered among other owtside interests. 




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RKO-PARAMOUNT 
' (Butlerfiald Circuit) :. 

Bay, Bay City. Mich 

Big Rapids, Bi^ Kapids, . . 

.Mich. 

Biioii^ B.'ittl* Creek, Mich. 
Caldwell, St. Jo-seph, Mich. 
Capitol, Flint, Mich. 
Capitol, .Jaclt-son, MJCh. 
Capitol. Kalamazoo, Mich. 
Capitol. Laiisiiiff. Mich. . 
Capitol, Owosso; Mich. 
Center, Bay City; Mich. 
Center. CadiUilc, Mich, y 
CiiiUei', Grand Rapids, Mlvn. 
Centev, Holland. Mich. 
Center, lonta. Mich. 
Center. I.urtington. Mich. 
Center, Owossoi Mich.. 
Center, Saginaw. Mich. 
Center.. WiUow Run. Mich. 
Colonial. Holland, Mich, 
Crosswell. Adriani. Mich. 
Dawn, Hillsdale. Mich.': 
Delia, Flint. Muh. 
Desiriond, Port Huron, Mich. 
EaKle. 'Pontlac, Mich; ■ 
Eastown, Cirand Rapidf. 
I'amilv, Adrian, Mich,. 
Familv, Monroe. Mich. 
Kaniily, Port Huron, Mich. ' 
Kour Star. Grand Rapids. 
Franklin . Sagma w. Mich . 
Fuller. KalamaiLoci, Mich. 
Garden, Flint. Mich. 
Gibson. Greenville. Mich. 
Gladinei, Lansing. Mi<h 
Gland. Grand llavcn, Mich. 
Hill, Hillsdale, Mich. . 
Holland. Holland, ivuch, 
Ionia, Ionia. Mich. \ 
Kent, Vrand ilapids, Mich. 
Lake. Benton Harbor, Mich. 
I.ansinK, Lansing, Mich. 
Llbertv, Bculoii Harbor, 
Mich. 

I.vrlc. Alpena, Mich. 
L\ric, Cadillac. Mich 
Lyric, T.udington, Mich, 
l.vric, Manistee, Mich 
Lyiio. Tiaveisa City. Mich. 
Maie.stif, Grand Rapids* 

*li<'' ■ 
Maiesi- .Tackson. Mich. 
Maiestic. Port Huron, Mich. 
Miiltzi . Alpena. Mich. , 
Martha Washington, Ypsi- 

lahtl, Mich., , ; 

Mecca. Saginaw. Mu;h.__ . _ 
Michigan, Ann Arbor. .Mich. 
Muhigan. Battle Cieek. 
Michigan, Jackson, Mich, 
jsiichigaii,'. Kalamaiioo. Mich, 
Michigan, Lansingi Mich. 
Michigan, Muskegon, Mich. 
Michigan. Saginaw. "Mich. 
Michigan, South Haven. 
Withigan. Tiaveise. .Mich 
Model. South Haven, Mich. 
Monroe; Monroe. Mich.; 
Northtowii. Lansing. Mich. 
Oakland, .Pontlac. Micli. . 
Orpheum. Ann Arbor, Jlich. 
Orpheum, Kalamazoo. Mich, 
Orpheum, Pontiac. Mich, 
our. Grand Kapids. Mich, 
Palace. Flint, AUHi. ,■ . ' \ 
Post, Battle Cieck, Mich. 
R.imsdell. Manistee, Mich. 
Keadyi Niles. Mich./ . 
Kcgcnt, Allegan, Mich. . _ 
Jlegcnt, BiiHle Creek. Mich. 
Regent, Bay City, Mich. 
P.ecenl. Flin*. Mich. 
ItcRcni, Jackson.-. Mich. ;. 
Regent, Muskegon. Micli. 
ljc\, .lacksort, Mich. 
RIalto, Pontnc, Micli. 
iliallo, fhiec Rivers, Mich 
Rivjeia, Niles, Mich, 
Riviera, Thice Riyeis. Mich. 
Robmhood, Giand Haven. 

Mich . , 

Rosy, •Wirit.;Mlfli.. . . ,, 

.Rayal, ,Graft.(t fM^is- rnVh 
Silv(>t\ ■ Ctrecnville.. Mit*.- 
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State, Ann Arbor. Mich. 
State. East Lansing. Mich. 
.State, Flint, Mich. 
State; Kalama7.oo. Mich, 
state. Muskegon, Mich. 
State, Pontiac, Mich. 
Strand, Battle Creek. Mich. 
Strand, Flint, Mich. 
Strand, Owosso, Mich, 
strand. Pontiac. Mich.' 
strand; Saginaw. Micb. 
strand; Sturgis, .Xlich. . 
Temple, Saginaw, Mich. 
Trabay. Traverse; ■ Mich. 
Uptown.. Kalama'zoo. Mich. 
Vogue. : Manistee, Mich. 
Wealthy. Grand Rapids. 
Westowii; Bay City. Micli. 
Whitney.. Ann Arbor. Mich. 
Wolveime. Saginaw. Mich. 
Wuevth, Ann Arbor. Mich... . 
Wuerth. Ypsilantij Mich. 

. RKO-SKOURAS 

Academy, N. Y. City. 
-ApollOi Jersey City. 
Astoria. Queens. N. V. 
Baysidci Bayside. N. T. 
Boulevard. Jackson Heights. 
N. ■* 

Broadway. Astoria. Queens, 

■N.,.yi'. 

Broadway.. Haverstraw, N.Y. 
Bronxville, Bronxviile, N.Y. 
Brook. Bouhd Brook. N. J. 
Cameo. Ossinmgj N. Yi 
Capitol. . Jersey City. 
Caiiitol, Portchester; ,N. Y. 
Corona. Corona. N. Y. . . . 
Crescent. Astoria. Queens, 
N. Y. 

Crotona. Bronx. N". ■ Y. ... 
Duinont. Dumont. N. J.. 
Embassy. Poitchestei, N Y. 
Englcwond,.Englewood, Kr:J. 
Forest Hills, -Forest Hills, 

N Y. 
Fulton, Jersey City. 
Glen, Glen Gove, N. Y. 
Granada, Corona, N. Y. 
Grand. Astoria, N. V". 
Hempstead. .N. Y. G. 
lnterb»ro. Bronx; N. V. , 
Jackson, - . Jackson Heights. ■ 

N. Y, 

.Tamaica, .Tamaica, N. Y. . 
Kow Gardens, Kew Gar- , 
- :■ dens. .N. - V. - j 

Liberty. Eliiabeth, N. J. 
Majestic^ Jersey City. 
Manhasset, Manhasset, N.Y. 
Midway, Forest Hills, N. Y. 
Monticello, Jersey City. 
Nemo, N. Y. C 
Ogdcn; Bronx, N. Y. , 
Palace, Bergenfield, N. J; 
Park Plaia. Bronx; N, V. 
Pascack, West wood, N. J. 
Pilgrim. Bronx, N. Y; ; 
Plaviiouse; Great Neck; . 

■N. Y; .. 

Plaza. Englewood. N. J; 
Regent, Kearny, N. J; ; ; 
Rex. East Ruthertord, N. J; 
Rialto. Jersey . City; 
Riverside. N. Y t. 
Riviera. N. Y. C 
Rivolii Hempstead, N, Y. 
Rivolt, Rutherfoi'd, N, J. 
Rockland, Nyack, N. Y;: 
Roosevelt,-' Flushing, N. V. 
ScafSdale, Scarsclalc, N; Y. 
Square, Bronx. N. Y 
.Squire, Great Neck; N. Y. 
.State, Jersey City, N, J. 
Steinway. Astoria, N. Y. 
Stoddard, N. Y. C. 
Strand, Jersey City. 
Teancclr. Teancck, N; J. 
Tivoli. Jersey Cit.v. , 
Tuxedo, Bronx, N. Y. 
Valentine, Bronx. N. V. . 
Victoria, Ossining, N. Y. . 
Victory; Bavside West, :N.Y\ 
Waid, Bi QUN. N. Y. 
Wcstwood; Westwood. N. J. 
77th Street. N. Y. CIt.v. 
RKO-READE 

Albany, New Brunswick, 
N. J. 1 1 J •, 



Broad. Trenton, N. .T. 
Brunswick; Trenton; N. J; . 
Capitol. Trenton. N. J. 
Hainiltonv Hamilton Town- 
ship, N. J. 
Lincoln, Trenton, N. J. - 
Palace, Trenton. N. J. 
Reade, Highland Park. N.J, 
Reade's Trent. Trenton;- 
-. N...J. , 

Bivpli; New Brunswick. N..r; 
Stale;; New Brunswick; N. J. 
Slate, Trcntiin, N. J. 

OTHER THEATRES 
Ace, Ozone Park, N. Y. 
Alba. Brooklyn; 
Alden, Jamaica; N. Y. 
Alhambra; Brooklyn. 
Ambassador, Brooklyn. 
Benson, Brooklyn. 
BeverLv; Brooklyn. 
Biitmore. Brooktvn; 
Broadway, Nyack, N; Y. 
Capitol; Brooklyn. 
Carroll, Brooklyn. 
Casino; Ozone Park,.N. V. 
Castle Hill; Bronx. N. Y. 
Centre, South Haven, Mich. 
Uaridge, Brooklyn. 
Clinton, BrookLvn. 
Colonial, BrookLvn. 
Colony, Brooklyn. 
Commodore. Brooklyn. 
Congress, Brooklyn: 
Cove, Glen Cove, N. Y 
Cross Bay. Ozone Park, N.Y. 
Culver, Brooklyn. 
Duftiejd, Brooklyn. 
Eastern Parkway, Brotiklyn, 
Elm,.. Brooklyn. 
Einbansy. Brooklyn. 
Folly,, Brooklyn.- 
Garden. Ozone Park, N. Y. 
Gem. .Brooklyn. ; 
Glenwood. Brooklyn. 
Grand. Chicago.;. 
Hackensack. llackensack, 

N. J. 
Halsey. Brooklyn. 
Highway. Biooklvn. 
Hillstreet. Los Angele*; 
Jerome, Ozone Park, N. Y; 
Keitli-AIbee, Huntington, 

W. Va 
Kinema, Brooklyn. 
Lalayette, Suilern, N. Y. 
Lefferts. N Y. C 
Lincoln,. Kearnv, N.: J. . 
Lynbrook, Lvnbrook, N. Y 
Majestic, Columbus, O. 
Marble Hill. Bjonx. N. Y. 
Marboro. Brooklyn. 
Marcy. Brooklyn.. 
Maspetti. Maspeth, N.: Y. ■ ■ 
Meserole,; Brooklyn; 
Oasis. Ridgewood. N. Y. ; . 
Orplienm, Huntington, 
■ Wv Va:: . 

Pantagcs, Hollywood. 
Parkhill; N. Y. G. 
Parthenon, Brooki.vn. . 
Peiham, Bronx. N Y. 
Rainbow. Brooklyn. 
Republic, Brooklyn. 
Rldgewood, Brooklyn; . 
Rivera, [Brooklyn.. : - 
RKO Proctor's; Newark; 
Roosevelt, Woodhaven; N.Y; 
Savoy. Brooklvn.' ' 
Senate, Brooklyn. ■ 
Stadium. Brooklyn.' N. Y. 
State, . Huntington, W, Va, 
Stone. Brooklyn. 
Strand. Niles, Mich. . : 
Strand. RockviUe Center; 
N, Y. 

Siinnyside. Woodsidc .N. Yi 
Supreme. Brooklyn; 
Surf; Brooklyn. . 
Times. Ctnc^natl.. 
Tipton. Iluntmiiton.. W. Va. 
Triborov Astoria , Queens, ; 
■.■N-;-V,. 

tltica, Bi-ooklvn. . ... 
Vallev Sticam. Valley 

Stream, N. V. 
Waldorf, Brooklyn;. 
Walker, Brooklyn; 
Wilson. -Bitooklyn.'.- 
431 d bticct, N, City. 



cite the following statement in 
Judge Leibell's earlier opinion; 
"If ASCAP had as such assignee 
(of the performance rights), .col- 
lected for each member a 'per 
piece' license fee for the perfonn- 
ing rights, and in effect acted only 
as a collecting agency, there would 
have been no violation of the- law; 
The blanket licenses ;were a viola^ 
tion of the anti-trusi law and were 
issued pursuant to an illegal com- 
bination Apart from the statute, 
the license agreements were, not 
inherently vicious and unlawful." 

The fact that Judge Leibell, in 
last week's defining . of what the 
decree should say, refused to di- 
vest ASCAP of the performing 
rights and return them to' indi- 
vidual members would aid the 
organization in a change to legal 
operations, it is said; 

.Ruling: (Interposes Barrier 
; However, one barrier is Inter- 
posed in tlie later ruling. Courl 
then said that the splitting of 
synchronization rights from picture 
performing rights of a musical 
composition is illegal, : This, ot 
course, was habitually done by sale 
of synch rights to the producer 
while ASCAt* was assigned per- 
forming rights; The ; injunction, 
court saidi; must require that both 



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rights be=^held in one ownership 
and sold as such. ^ 

If this provision stands on 
appeal, ASCAP would have to ac- 
quire synch rights from its mem- 
bers and deal solely with pro* 
diiters. It would then attempt to. 
exact a higher charge from t\\m 
fihnmakers with the understanding:" 
that the latter pass the charge on 
to exhibs in the form of boosted ' 
rentals. Or pubs and writers would 
have to sell both synch and per- 
formance rights in one packaga, 
whicii they cannot do under 
ASCAP's present setup. 

The ban against splitting effec- 
tively bars ASCAP from attempt- 
ing to collect on performing. right» 
On completed plx,' All films now 
in the can were granted inusio 
rights - in an illegal way if tiM 
court decision stands. ASCAP can 
only correct the mistake in futurs 
productions. 

On this score, it is understood 
that since the first Leibell decision^ 
produeei^s have been buying synch 
rights with .an /Option of lObtaininC' 
performing rights if so obligated. 
In these instances, the agreement 
is that the producers would pay a 
pre-determined p r i c;e if th« 
exigency arises. Undoubtedly^ 
ASCAP will now swing into that' 
operation while attempting to win 
an upset from the higher courts. : 



widely split up— -'INight Has Thou-^ 
sand Eyes" (Par), "Luck of Irish" 
(20th), "Southern Yankee" (M-G) 
"Walk Crooked Mile" (Col) and 
"Luxury Liner" (M-G), finishing In 
that order. "Irish" and "Liner" 
were in tlie same class in SeiPtem-- 
•ber...; .. 

Newcomers showing promise as 
the month ended included ''Station- 
West" (RKO), "Sealed Verdict" 
(Par), "Tatlock's Millions" (Par), 
"Song Is Born" (RKO), "Three Mus- 
keteers" (M G) "Red Shoes" (EL) 
and "Hamlet" (U); Last-named has 
been doing capacity in three thea- 
tres where opening since the first 
of October.. Same holds true of 
initial weeks for "Shoes" in N. Y, 
and Washington, On basis of- first' 
dates, "Musketeers" and "Song" 
appear to: have the biggest grossing 
pos.sibilities; 

'Hills of Home" (M-G) shapes as 
a top-grossing Lassie picture on 
basis of initial playdates in Boston 
and Providence. .'Ilnnocent Affair" 
(UA); another new entry,- has done 
well in some locations, but is in- , 
clined to be spotty. "Race Street ' 
(RKO). after a. slow start, bas 
racked up some solid coin. 
. "Saxon Charm" (U), while sel- ! 
dom showing in the big money I 
'class, managed to garner consider- ! 
able revenue in October. ' "Canon | 
City" (EL), playing some additional I 
spots last month, hung up . a new j 
record in Providence. 

"Mourning Becomes Electra" I 
(RKO), out on pop run with: trim-] 
med version, showed some possi- 
bilities on N. y, test date where i 
sexy angle was stressed, "Four j 
Faces West" ( UA), where well sold, j 
did some surprisingly fine busi- 
ness. 

"Moonrise" (Rep), with some se- 
lected dates In October, gave a 
good . -account of Itself in some 
spots. It hung up a big week in 
St: Louis to pace the city, and did 
all right in Chicago and San Fran- 
cisco. "Macbeth" (Rep); another 
from Republic, did astonishingly: 
well on teeofC in Boston despite 
crix pannings. 

"Babe Ruth Storj'" (Mono) took 
in a sizeable chunk of coin in the. 
month after being third In Septem^ 
ber. "Isn't It Romantic?" (ParV 
shapes as the weakest from this 
major company in months, doing as 
badly around the country as it did 
at :N. Y. Paramount. : 




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Ra£o Workers' Pay Averaged $72 
Weekly in 1947; Bosses Got $162 



Washington, Nov. 2. ■♦■ 
The average radio station em- 1 
ployee made $72.20 a vjfeek during 
1947, according to a report issued 
last week by the FCC. The average 
salary of officers and assistants was 
$162.20. 

The figures -are based: on data 
covering the four major networks, 
three regional nets, and 1,260 sta- 
tions, or approximately 90% of 
all AM stations licensed as of Oc-] 
tober 11, 1947, the week in which; 
reports were submitted. ■• 

FCC's report; covering broadcast { 
employment, hours, and compensa- 1 
tion data, was the first since 1945 | 
and was presented in t-he form of 
aggregates, with no averages com- 

euted. The Gommlssion said that 
ad its "limited personnel been re- 
quired to perform the computa- 
tions involved. in obtaining; average, 
publication of the data would have 
been substantially delayed." [ 
The report showed that there I 
were 34,720 fulltime employees, in 
the' stations and networks in 1947 | 
and that the average work schedule | 
was 39 hours; Compensation paid I 
to employees during the week re- 1 
ported totaled $2,507,590. I 
On the basis of the weekly pay- 1 
roll in October, the industry paid ' 
out to its regular help during 1947 I 
more than $130,000,000. This does ; 
not include expenditures for talent i 
or agency fees. Nor does it include I 
salaries paid, to exclusively FM or ] 
television : station employees: i 



Radio Ed Intercedes 
To Break Up MnlHpie 
Grid Coverage on Big 7 

Kansas City, Nov. 2. 

Following the suggestions of Bob 
Hoyland, Kansas City Star radio 
editor, local stations are spreading 
out in theii' coverage of Big Seven 
football games. Week ago lineup 
found five staUons, WDAF. KMBC, 
KCKN, WREN and KCMO set to 
cover the Nebraska^Kansas game 
at Liiwrence. Hoyland decried the 
idea of ganging up in his Sunday 
column, and at the suggestion 
KCMO withdrew to cover the Mis- 
souri-Iowa State game. KCMO 
thereby garnered itself a flock of 
listeners, as plenty of the natives 
hereabouts want to follow the 
highly touted Missouri ■ tigers 
wherever they go. 

Following previous week's lead, 
KCMO again withdrew last Satur- 
day from the pack to cover Mis- 
souri-Kansas State, while KMBC, 
KCKN and WREN doubled up on 
Kansas-Oklahoma A. & M. In the 
struggle for listeners, the stations 
thus spread their audience pretty 
thin, with no one, until Hoyland's 
iiitercession, willing to br^ak the 
multiple coverage. 



Writers Lowest Paid 

The number of fulltime employees ! 
In the seven networks (four major, 
three regional) and 10 key stations 
In 1947 was 5,975. They received 
an average weekly salary of $92.34. 
General officers and assistants of 
the seven 'nets and 10 key outlets, 
numbering 101, were paid an aver- 
age of $370 per week. 

The average weekly pay of sta- 
tion employees outside the net- 
works or key stations was nearly 
(69 while the average for officers 
and assistants was $150. . 
: A breakdown of compensation by 

Jobs in seven networks and 716 | _.„,;j„^_ rk,.«t„„ „v,.,4™oi, ^» ♦hi 
Stations reveals that the average i ^SYJ^^^"" l^air™ 



CBC Time Curtain 
FaUs on Commies 

Toronto* Nov. 2. ; 
The Communist party in Canada 
I will no longer be given free radio 
I time allotments as enjoyed : by 
{ other political parties here on the 
I national networks of the Canadian 
Broadcasting Corp., according to 



KLZ SPORTS EDITOR 

GLEN MARTIN 

Martin edits KLZ'b Saturday night 
"Sports Kxti-a" and, in addition, is 
a top announcci, heard dally, assist- 
ing T^well Watts, KLZ'si Farm 
llepoi ter. ' ■ ■ .<■ 

KLZ, DENVER. 



program employee received $103 a 



CBC board of governors. One rea- 

week during 1947. "suff Vn^ounc^ i "J^at ^^^^^^^^ 
ers were paid an average of $68; ! representatives in Parliament, 

mp^^aT'4f^^f.*,tln^""4^'l^^^^^^^ Buck, national leader of 

men $oi(; staff musicians $96 stall iu-. n^^^A^ 
news personnel $77; staif actors , t^^^^C—^^^ Canada^ 

j CBC white Paper on political and 
I controversiai;; broadcasting, there 
i w^e laid'; down requirements to 
I bfe met by political part jjjes receiv 



$170, staff production men $96. 
■ ; In' the commercial departments 
supervisors averaged $144 per week 
and salesmen $98. Supervisors of 
promotion and publicity employees 
were paid an average of $108 and 
non-supervisory, p. and p. employ- 
ees $64. Id: ' the clerical departs 
ments, ; supervisors received a 
weekly average of $69 and other 
Clerical help $39. 

Of the various professional 



Election Stanzas' 
Ail-Out Race For 
One-Shot Hoopers 

AU'Out radio-television splurge 
by the major networks last night 
(Tues.) on election results was 
the most competitive one-shot in 
broadcasting history. It played to 
undoubtedly th^ biggest AM-TV 
audience of all time and put the 
webs to a clear-cut test of which 
could pull the most dialers. 

The next Hoopers will tell' the 
payoff. ; 

For tele, it was frankly an ex- 
perimental plunge in which the 
medium tried its hand at a hitherto 
unattempted . special events job* 
Out of the evening-long telecasts 
may well come definite patterns 
and formulas for such future occa- 
sions. ABC, for one, put itself to 
an additional test— of whether, 
such a job could be done simut 
taneously on AM and TV. 

Although the webs were .out less 
coin in overaU ■ cost than in prcr 
vious election nights,, having signed 
on bankrollers for the first time, 
they weren't completely off the 
hook- In addition to :the added 
heavy expense for TV (in all cases 
I except Mutual's), the one-shots 
were underpriced to a point where, 
the nets still found themselves out 
many- thousands of dollars^: . 



FCC Okays Thadkrey-Wamer Package 
Deal Bnt WiU Still Eye Odier Bids 



ing free national, network time. 
The terms of the White Paper 
were worked out after consultation 
with various political parties and 
have been approved by Parliament. 
. "The requirements apply impar- 
tially to all political parties. The 



classes employed, staff writers re- , '^?^or-Progressive party (Commu- 

ceived the lowest average salaries ' "'^.t' ""^uu^^^u 

■ -- = ' quirements, although it did for- 



—^$53 per week. 

. (At this point. Variety's math- 
ematical mugg broke down). 



I 



I merly (when Fred Rose, member 
i of Parliament, ; was convicted of 
[espionage In the Canadian spy 
l.trials). I see no possibility of the 
I Canadian Broadcasting Corp. even 
considering modifying the estab- 



Chris Cross to Weintraub 

In AfifeOCV S EXDaDSion* I ^'^^ed requirements at the request 
^ ^ ^ r" " ' ; of one such group as yours or raak- 

$5,000,000 Radio Billings Sty" °' 

Chriis Cross is checking out of, 

the United; Nations organization : aji i. i> iAAA A 

(he's lust returned from eight MUlUal S 4UU(] brOSS Hike 

months in Geneva as specialist on i Mutual Is wearing a things-are- 
the Freedom of Information Con- looking-up look. Web's billings 



for the third qliarter were $4,899,' 
282, a gain of nearly 9% over the 
same three-month period of 1947. 
Gross take for : the first nine 
months of this year is up $400,000 
over last year, an increase of 
slightly less than 5%. (MBS'ers 



ference) and moves into the Wil 
liam H. Weintraub agency this 
week as. publicity director. 
. Move is. part of a Weintraub ex- 
pansion program cued to its hiked 
: Activities, particularly in . radio, 

with its upwards ' Of $5,000,000 in „.„..„^ „.. 

billings. Agency currently has the hasten' to poinT out "that tiiese"fig" 
most impressive stable of gabbers ures don't include co-op revenue— 
In radio today. which is substantial at Mutual— 

Weintraub agency also is prep- and billings for political broad- 
ping the inauguration of a public casts). 

relations department. Prospects for the final quarter 

^ aren't bad, it's pointed out, with 

W COP-r M in Nov. 7 Bow new bankrolling either started 



RCA Takes Cue From 
Standard Oil; Tops' 
Plugs Get Light Touch 

When the RCA-Victor Sunday 
Show on NBC undergoes a drastic 
revamp in format Dec. 12, with the 
Boston. !'Pops" Orchestra moving 
in to share top billing with Robert 
Merrill, it will also mark a forward 
step in progressive thinking on 
treatment of commercials. 

In place of the two fuU-treatr 
ment plug segments currently- 
allotted the show, henceforth th^ 
commercials will be integrated 
into the script treatment tor a 
casual . reference linking the pro- 
gi-am artists and selections with 
HCA . record availabilities. 
: ' It'll maok the second time this 
scasoh that , the usual tripham- 
I mered commercial method has 
I been discarded, with Standard Oil 
I Co. ( N..r. ) also bypassing orthodox 
' pi Hgs in its sponsorship of. the N. Y. 
Philharmonic on CBS; ■ 



Boston, Nov. 2. 
WCOP-FM hits the air in the 
Hub on Nov. 7 in a fullpower, full>^ 
time; operation duplicating the 
Cowles station's AM programs. Sta- 
tion broadcast with 20,000 watts 
ERP on channel 294 from. 6 a.m. to 
1 a.m. weekdays, 7:30 a.m. to I a.m. 
-Sundays. 

WCOP estimates that there are 
about 50,000 FM radio sets in its 
65-mile area out of Lexington, 
Mass., 10 miles out of downtown f 



during October or signed to start 
this quarter by Kaiser-Frazer, 
Conti Products, Episcopal Churqh, 
R. B. Semler and Universal Car- 
loading. 



Hub. 



AMBEUSTEE TO FENTON - 

Russel Ambruster, formerly pro- 
gram director of WINS, New York, 
and previously with BBDO and 
NBC, has joined Fenton Produc- 

tionsv' ■ 

He'll direct package shows for 



' the firm. 



WERE Now Is 

Cleveland, Nov, 2. 
I Cleveland's newest station, 
WEKE;-FM, took a first in radio his- 
tory: it went on the air; Tuesday, 
' one day ahead of announced sched^ 
-ule.' .•■ ■ . 

i Station's personnel, in Bulkley 
Arcade, contains some topnotch tal- 
ent including Fred R; Ripley, 20- 
year-vet in radio,., manager; Chet 
Zohn, ex-WTAM program director, 
taking same post in new station; 
Murray Young,: from WHK, news 
commentator and director of 
special events; R. J. Rowley, cx- 
WJR news editor, news director; 
Bernard Strang; sales; Robert Files, 

I business manager, and Ken Sleds, 

I director of current issues depart- 

Iment. 



On Air for Fife Put Out 
In Albany 90 Mins. Before 

Albany, Nov. 2. 

Fire Chief Michael J. Fleming 
had some sour words yesterday 
(1) for Walter Winchell over the 
latter's ABC Sunday night broad- 
cast of an Albany three-alarm fire 
—an hour and a half after the fiie 
was out. ., . . .. ■ , ■ 

Chief Fleming (who was home 
in his living room when WW came 
on the air at 9 p.m.) said the con- 
fusion was bad enough during the 
blaze— local broadcasts asked off- 
duty firemen to stand by — but it 
was nothing to the pandemonium 
Which broke out when Winchell, 
via Albany's WXKW, announced 
the blaze was raging out of con- 
trol. The fire dept. was swamped 
with offers of volunteer service; 
people jammed the streets looking 
for the fire; N. Y. and Washington 
news services began calling Al- 
bany. 

Albany Times-Union came out 
with a five-column screamer: "3- 
Alarm Albany Fire Causes Radio 
Uproar," subheaded, "Even Win- 
chell Gets In Act" (The T-U car- 
ries WW's column.) The opposi- 
tion Knickerbocker News head- 
lined "Fire Hysteria" and attrib- 
uted it to a "commentator whose 
reputation for accuracy hasvoften 
been questioned."' 

Brand Names 
Poser for Webs 

Mutual and CBS haven't yet 
come up with policy statements, 
as ABC did last week, With refer- 
ence to the NAB Code's provision 
that mention of merchandise 
brand-names on giveaway ..shows 
"should be" included in commer- 
cial time allowances. 

But MBS prexy Edgar Kobak is 
toying with an idea for possibly 
keeping within the letter of the 
code without greatly encroaching 
on the sponsor's time for his 
own plugs. Whether the Idea is 
workable and acceptable to the 
parties concerned remains to be 
seen. It takes this form: 

Each product offered as. a gift 
or prize on a show would' be - de-r 
scribed as in the past, but . with, 
the manufacturer's or brand name 
omitted. At the close of the pro- 
gram, the announcer would state 
that the merchandise offered on 
the show "was supplied by West- 
ihghouse, Bendix, Philco," etc. The 
few seconds needed to read off 
these names would then be de-- 
ducted from the sponsor's com-: 
mercial time allowance. 

Main hitch to such a plan, it ap- 
pears, is that the manufacturers, 
who now get such generous free 
plugs for supplying giveaway loot, 
might not feel it- was an adequate 
payoff to merely get their names 
I mentioned in a: long string of 
I others at the signoff. 
I If this scheme doesn't work, 
I there's apparently only one other 
way the webs can conform to this 
code restriction-^and Kobak says 
Mutual, for its part, is going to live 
up to the codCj/'as we interpret its 
drafters it<tended it:" The alterna- 
tive is to just cut out brand-name 
mentions, which means jacking up 
program costs to buy the merchan- 
dise given away. 

ABC's new policy, based ori its 
own interpretation of the code, is 
that "any unduly descriptive mate- 
rial" concerning givewa'y items Will 
be counted , as commercial tlmei 
Presumably this doesn't hamper 
the present procedure's On "Stop 
the Music" and other ABC jack- 
potters. -• i 

NBC is aloof from the whole 
dilemma. The web's own code in 
this respect picks up the wording 
of the NAB code— except that the 
latters "should be" is replaced 
with a mandatory "is." 



Washington, Nov. 2. 

Package sales of radio stations 
are okay, FCC said last week in 
upholding the right of Dorothy S. 
Thackrey to sell her California 
AM and television properties to 
Warner Bros. In a lump for 
$1,045,000. Commission; . however, 
deferred approval of the transfer 
for another month to allow com- 
petitive bidders to file. 

Deal involves sale of television 
station KLAC-TV and AM station 
KLAC in Los Angeles and AM 
station K'YA in San FrancLsco, 
which Mrs. Thackrey agreed last 
May 19 to turn over to Warners, 
FCC permitting. Southern Cali- 
fornia Television Co. (owned by 
Edwin Pauley) has been fighting 
packaging of transaction in order 
to file competing bid for the L. A. 
video outlet. 

In a decision Friday (-29) reject- 
ing: the petition of Pauley's com- 
pany- to require PCG to have Mrs. 
Thaoki'ey offer the properties 
separately, the Commission said ■ 
it could find nothing in previously 
announced policies to rule out: 
lumping of broadcast facilities in 
a single deal. It declared that its 
objection to package sales applies 
only to co-mingUng of broadcast- 
ing and nonbroadcasting assets. ■ 

Southern California Television, 
which wanted to file a competitive 
bid for the then Thackrey tele- 
vision license (station is now in 
operation), contended^ that the 
Commission, when it approved the 
sate of Crosley radio and manur.': 
facturing properties to Aviation 
Corp. (AVCO) in 1945, laid down 
a policy against future transfers 
via pack.ige deals. 

The Commission denied this 
contention, saying that its lan- 
guage in the AVCO decision 
"specifically directs a delineation 
only between broadcast and non- 
broacast properties." At no place' 
in that decision, FCC said, did it 
suggest "that' broadcast properties 
were to .be separated from.: other 
properties even though on the 
circumstances of that case, in- 
volving as it did the transfer of 
an AM stationi several interna- 
tional stations, relay stations, and 
others," the same problem was be- 
fore the Commission. : 

The Commission said, however, 
that its action "does not in any 
way prevent it in passing upon 
the merits of the transfer applica- 
tions from securing full informa- 
tion as to the portion of the pur- 
chase price which is allocable to 
;each of the several stations in de- 
termining whether the transfers 
are in the public interest." 

FCC said that because of the 
uncertainty attending its decision 
in the case, potential competitore 
may not have bid for the facilities 
during the 60-day period usually 
required to file bids. It therefore 
extended the time for submitting 
bids until Nov. 29. 

Five members of the Commis- 
sion (Coy,. Hyde, Webster, Hen- 
nock, Jones) participated in the 
decision. Commissioner Jones dis- 
sented on the majority upholding 
q| the package sale. • 



San Francisco— Wally Hutchin- 
son has joined KGO's ABC ad- 
vertising and promotion and pub- 
licity staff as assistant Co" Maury 
Baker, manager of tin department. 



Hershfield Gets It! 

That "button, button, who's got 
the 8:55-9 spot on WOR-Mutual?" 
has finally been resolved. It's 
Harry Hershfield. 

Aiter Billy Rose exited the 
quickie segment recently. Mutual 
handed it to Hy Gardner, but 
WOR, N. Y., first talked a deal 
with Harry Wismer (with potential 
Chrysler bankrolling), then gave 
the spot to Huss Hodges, with 
Kaiser-Frazer picking up some 
spots on the period. 

Now the cross-the-board billing 
IS going to Hershfield, because Bill 
McCormick of WOR sales talked 
Shulton (Old Spice) men's toilet- 
ries into trying out radio for the 
first time. Outfit will pick up the 
tab on Tuesday-Wednesday-Thurs- 
day sequences, with Hershfield 
starting 4.he stint Nov. 15. He'll 
continue, at the same time, his 
new midnight round of niteries 
for the station. 

Shulton may expand the Hersh- 
field stanza to the full Mutual web 
if' the local test comes off impres- 
sively. Hershfield will do a com- 
plete anecdote each night, titled 
"Now I'll Tell One." 



Wedn«8ilar» Ifovenilier S, 1948 



RADIO tl 



MUTUAL'S STATE OF UPHEAVAL 



Top 15-Now and Year Ago 



{.Hovper Report, Nov, 1) 



1918 

Walter Winchell 23.1 

Radio Theatre 22.5 

Fibber & Molly 22.0 

Jack Benny 21.9 

Bob Hope 21.1 

My Friend Irma 18.2 

Duflfv's Tavern 17.6 

Godfrey's Talent Scouts 17.2 

Fred Allen 16.9 

Phil Harris 15.8 

Crime Photographer ... 15.6 

Bob Hawk 15.2 

Mr, District Attorney....' 14.8 

Charlie McCarthy 14.7 

People Are Funny..... 14.5 

Burns & Allen 14.5 



1917 

Bob Hop« 

Fred Allen 

Fibber & MoUy 

Charlie McCartliy 

Radio Theatre 

Walter Winchell 

Jack Benny 

Musie Hall . . . ; 

Atnos 'n' Andy 

Red Skelton 

Phil Harris , . . . . 

Hr.. -District , Attorney :.. 
Bums & Alien. ....... 

My Friend Irma 

■Truth or Consequences. 



23.2 
23.2 
22.9 
22.1 
22.0 
20.3 
20.0 
19.6 
19.6 
19.4 
18.0 
17.3 
15.9 
15;7 
15.2 



Theatre Gufld, Ford Slugfest Accents 
Rivalry in East for Top Pic Names 



Intense rivalry for top film per-* 
sonalities has broken out on New | 
York-originating network dramatic 
programs. Heretofore it's been a I 
■situation that^s applied mostly to 
shows emanating from the Coast, 
gucli as "Lux Radio Theatre" and 
the "Screen Guild Players." 

However, the maneuvering for 
top film names currently going on 
between "Ford Theatre," the high- 
budgeted Friday night CBS show, 
and the Sunday night ABC "The- 1 
aire Guild of the Air," has assumed ] 
proportions that even dwarf the 
bidding on the Coast. , \ I 

Tlie situation in the east came ; 
to a head last week when, after 
'•Theatre Guild" had reportedly 
niade unsuccessful attempts to pact 
Itlgrid Bergman, coincident with 
the Manhattan premiere of her 
' Joan of Arc" pic, "Ford Theatre" 
came tlirough and clinched the 
guest sliot. The star Will appear in 
a dramatization of "Camille" on 
Fridax-, Nov. 12, the day after 
"Joan's" preeni at the Victoria the- 
atre on Broadway. 

"Guild" reportedly did a fast 
bui-n. since, to all accounts, It was 
the first on the scene with the 
bidding, bift the assumption is that 
the Ford coin outmatched the 
Guild ofl'er. 

Tlie fact that "Ford Theatre" 
also succeeded in wrapping up Dor- 
i-othy McGuire, another star eyed 
for Guild presentation, didn't 
exactly help salve matters either. 



'Whatje Climb Up There?' 

St. Louis, Nov. 2. 
The question , of making annual 
Inspections, of high radio and tele- 
vision sending towers in this' butg 
has become a perplexing one for 
Building ComTnissioner A. H. 
Baum, who sees a solution by the 
introduction of an ordinance re- 
quiring radio stations to hii-e and 
pay competent engineers to make 
the inspections. 

In addition, the ordinance will 
require the radio stations to pay 
a $2 annual fee :f or. the -filing, of- 
the , engineers' reports. 

Baum said, "I wouldn't, send one 
of my men out to do it. And I 
wouldn't climb one of those towers 
myself. Yet, they can't be inspect- 
ed from the sidewalk." 





Daytime Radio 
On a Star Binge; 
Ameche's Matinee 



Giveaway, Inc. Jn 
Counter-Offensive 

Tlie giveaway producers (who 
don't lilce that word, to begin 
with) had themselves a hand-hold- 
ing session Monday (1) in New 
York and tried to dope out a con- 
certed counter-offensive to the 
"one-sided" attacks -on their jack- 
pottcrs. But 'a suggestibn tossed 
out by Bill Todman, who called 
the huddle, and seconded by Walt 
. Framer, that the group hire a pub- 
lic relations outfit to wage a pro- 
giveaway drive, came to naught. 
Nobody else seemed to think It 
necessary. 

There wasn't any doubt, how- 
ever, judging: from the turnout 
and the views voiced during the 
(Continued on page 31) 

WOV's Rome-Produced 
Show Gets a Sponsor 

Following less than two weeks 
on the heels of WOV's (N,Y.) an- 
nouncement of the formation of a 
production unit in Rome, the sta- 
tion has signed a sponsor for one 
ot the series of programs. S. A. 
Schonbrunn & Co. has contracted 
a IS-minufe cross-the-board 
siyip to run 52 weeks. Schonbrunn 
will advertise its Savarin Coffee 
and Medalia D'Oro Coffee. 

Sponsored show, airmailed on 
tape regularly from Italy to WOV, I 
if ? drama encompassing a 

■ * t"' "f<^ slory in Italy at the turn 
Door " ''^"*^"'^^' Closed , 



While such star-studded daytime 
productions as the Elgin Thanks- 
giving and Christmas shows are 
still reserved ior. special one^day 
occasions, nevertheless the trade 
has been cognizant in recent 
months of the changing com- 
plexion of network morning and 
afternoon formats, aimed toward 
aehievemen( of a nighttime aura. 

As opposed to the years when it 
was strictly tlie soap opera for- 
mula and other femme -slanted 
shows that wooed the listener, to- 
day more and more bigtime per- 
sonalities are being projected into 
the daytime radio picture. 

Latest lo ,ioin the daytune ranks 
is Don Ameclie, with his new five- 
afternoon-a-day \'ariety program 
■for Lucky Strike scheduled to tee 
olT on CBS next month Kay Kyser, 
long a Top 15 nighttime Hooper 
draw with his "Kollege of Musical 
Knowledge,'" 'Is now an afternoon 
attraction on ABC. Kate Smith is 
spreading her brace of "Speaks" 
and "Sings" shows over the noon- 
time Mutual kilocycles. Fred War- 
ing is dishing out his stylized 
choral-orchestral arrangements at 
10 in the morning on NBC as well 
as holding forth Thursday nights 
on the same web. And Arthur God- 
frey, strictly bigtime in the night- 
time on CBS, is as potent a draw 
at 10:30 in the morning cross-the- 
board. , , 
Following the Kay Kyser lead, 
Sammv Kaye is angling for spon- 
sorship of a "So You Want to Lead 
a Band" daytime show. 



TEi SPLITUP 

In one of the major network up- 
beavals of recent years, Robert D. 
Swczey, executive vice president 
and No. 2 man of the Mittual net- 
work : has. served notice tb prexy 
Ed Kobak that he's . going to re- 
sign. Furthermore, Linus Tra vers, 
the exec veepee of the major 
stockholding Yankee Network, who 
wag appointed a month ago as a 
sort of super v.p. over Mutual's 
sales and program departments, 
has also resigned the new appoint- 
ment, 

: \ In effect, it leaves Kobak, ai$ the 
web's No, 1 man, to run the net- 
work alone as sole operator in the 
overall .^administration. 

Travers doesn't want to move 
into Mutual because he feels his 
new appointment (which . in some 
circles created: confusion as to the 
exact status of the key execs) has 
contributed. . toward the Kobak- 
Swezey schism and feels- that his 
own resignation prior to taking up 
his. new duties might help to ce- 
ment relations, ' 

The split-up of Kobak and 
Swezey: will come as a shock to the; 
entire industry, for the close tie 
between the two execs (both in and 
out of the office): ■ was probably 
unmatched in radio , cireles. 

Not generally known, for ex- 
ample, was the fact:: that a year 
ago Swezey was invited to move 
over to NBC as one of the higher- 
echelon, if not into the exec veepee. 
spot subsequently assumed by 
Charles H. Denny, at leasts on a 
top level basis, and it's considered 
probable that only because of the 
close relationship with Kobak. did 
he resolve to continue to throw in 
his: lot with Mutual. 

Because of the pre-election pres- 
sure around the network, Kobak 
and Swezey haven't conferred in 
nearly a week, but Kobak, feeling 
that Swezey 'S-, gripe is unjustified; 
will make a bid tto his Noi .2 man 
to stay on. As Jfar as Kobak is 
concerned, Swezey has always been 
and remains the No. 2 man in the | 
operation and that if the: Travers i 
appointment suggested to some I 
that/it put Swezey in an untenable 
position, in reality it was not the 
case. Swezey; however, is adamant 
in the- position he takes, that the 
Travers role definitely usurps on 
his sales-program administrative, 
functions and that : it leaves- him 
with no alternative. 

As far as Kobak is concerned; 
there was need for another exec, 
the prexy's- own multiple chores, 
plus Swezey's pile-up of admin- 
istrative duties, made a new ap- ! 
pointment necessary — and if it 
isn't Travers it will be someone 
else. The fact that a key Yankee 
official, representing Mutual's prinr 
cipal stockholder, :: was brought in 
for the job is believed to have 
aggravated the situation. 

As of now, Swezey remains firm 
in his determination to quik Kobak 
hopes he can be persuaded to stay. 
As far as the Mutual directorate is 
concerned, Kobak's the president 
and if it's necessary for him to go 
it alone, Kobak says he's done it 
before and can do it again. : 



CBS Votes the % Party' Met; 
Rules Out 3G Coddailoy Soirees 



Th« People (1) Speak 

Des Moines, Nov. 2. 

When an ordinary citizen 
walks into a radio station and 
buys himself a piece of time 
as he Would buy a hunk of 
bologna at a meat market, it'i 
at least unusual. 

Alvin 1^. Meyer of Van 
Meter, Iowa, walked into WHO 
: here and said he wanted to buy : 
some: time to praise the Demo- 
cratic ticket. It was his idea, 
he had written a speech and 
wanted to pay. for the time. 
The reason he wanted- to make 
the speech, he : said, was that 
he had financial sinking spells 
in 1932 and had now recovered 
his financial health to the ex- 
tent of 600 acres of land, 500 
hogs, a cafe, a bulk oil plant 
and string of filling stations. 

Checking with Democratic 
state headquarters the station: 
found there was no objection 
to Mr, Meyer paying $85 for 
15 minutes for a 10:30 spot the 
night of Oct. 27. 



'Stagger Formula 
Seen as Solution 
To Xause Airers 

The problem of how best to "sell 
cause,s'' on radio has long been a 
tough one for broadcasters to 
solve. Up to now, they admit, it's 
been an ineffectual job, without 
leaving the, desired impact. 

The Salvation Army, which has 
a national campaign coming up,: 
has just blueprinted a plan which, , 
it's felt, might establish the cor- i 
rect pattern for "selling" its mes- 
sage via radio. 

The SA's Radio Committee has 
agreed to a plan whereby its radio 
plugs and cuffo spot programs 
would .be accomplished on a stag- 
ger system, with a barrage of per- 
haps 10 or 15 in place of the usual 
three or four to be concentrated 
over the first: week, thus heighten- 
ing the impact. In turn it would 
do a complete fade the second 
week, while another charitable- 
philanthropic organization takes 
over with a like barrage. Then 
the SA would be back the third 
week for another trip-hammered 
plug campaign, etc. 



• CBS' '.'party days," from all ac- 
counts, are over. Those cocktail- 
eries staged usually to mark th« 
premiere of an important new ra- 
dio program or as a gesture of 
welcome for a client new to th« 
network, are considered an unwar- 
ranted extravagance In these econ- 
ttmy-conscious days when the webs 
are grabbing every available dol- 
lar for siphoning into tolevision. 

Even the most modest of cock- 
tail parties usually runs about $3,- 
000, and it's been the practice of 
the network and the agency han- 
dling;' the show to split the tab. 
With the blessing of the high 
echelon at CBS, however, it looks 
like the party-minded agencies 
will have to solo it henceforth. 

Last week N. W. Ayer, agency 
on the "Electric . Theatre" CBS 
show, cooked up the idea of tossing 
Helen Hayes a shindig on Nov. 14, 
the night she makes her belated 
premiere on the program. CBS, 
however, said that, ■ coin-wise; it 
couldn't be a party to the party, 
with sales veepee Bill Gittinger's 
nix getting a hearty toprbrass en- 
dorsement. 

And the sentiment of the web 
press dept. boss, George Crandall, 
wa^ that, since such shindigs repre- 
sent as much a sales as a public 
relations pitch, why should it come 
out of the press dept. budget? Th«: 
upshot is that Ayer will go it alone. 

It's considered possible that the 
CBS "no party'' decision might 
have been partially inspired by the 
recent midnight fiesta in the swank 
Waldorf-Astoria Bert Room, N. Y., 
following the preem of the "Ford 
Theatre" program, at which time 
CBS really blew its top and budget : 
to welcome the Ford clan into the 
Columbia family. It's estimated 
the shindig set the network back 
at least $7,000. 

For years the agencies and webs 
have tried to outdo one another in 
the field of cocktaileries, despite 
the awareness in most quarters 
that, aside from flattering the 
client, they have a dubious: v$lu« 
at best. 



WCCO UPS MICKELSON 

. Minneapolis. Nov. 2, . 

Sig Mickelson has been named 
director of public affairs and pro- 
duction manager of WCCO. by 
Jylrrlc Jones, station manager. 

He had previously been director 
of news and special events, 



Morey Amsterdam Can't 
'Yakapuk' for Lombardo 
'Cause of CBS Exclusive 

Kalser-Frazer, which has just 
taken on sponsorship of Guy Lom- 
bardo as. a 'Sunday - night:: Mutual 
attraction, sought to negotiate a 
deal whereby a Morey Amsterdam 
weekly insert could be spotlighted. 

However, CBS reportedly nixed 
it on the basis that, as far as net- 
work* presentation is concerned, 
he's a "Columbia baby." 
he's a "Columbia baby." Neverthe- 
less Amsterdam did a one-.shot 
'Y'akapuk' on the Lombardo 
preem.. 

CBS, which currently features 
Amsterdam in a Tuesday night 
comedy show, also has tele aspira-. 
tions for the comic and did a 
closed-circuit audition last week 
of a "Life With Morey" XV pro- 



HELEN HAYES TO BOW 
ON CBS WITH miNA' 

( Although the new $9,000 weekly^ 
budgeted Electric Theatre has been 
on for several weeks, in the Sun- 
day night at 9 slot on CBS, the 
show "officially" premieres Nov. 
14, when Helen Hayes takes over 
as the permadent star. Show has 
been using guestars during Miss 
Hayes' absence in Londoii, where 
she starred in tho"Glass Menage- 
rie" legiter. She's due to arrive 
in this country on the S. S. Amer- 
ica on: Nov.- 11. .' 

Initial airer will be "Victoria 
Regina," one of her most solid 
Broadway legit smashes. She'll fol- 
low with Stephen Vincent Benet's 
"The Wobbin' Women," and "An- 
gel Street" as her third production. 

N. ; W. Ayer, agency on the Elec- 
tric Cos. account, will party Miss 
Hayes the night of the preem 
broadcast. 



ATLANTA'S 4-HOUK SPONSOE 

Atlanta, Nov. 2. 

WQXI, Atlanta indie, Sunday 
(31; premiered what is believed to 
be the longest commercial show 
ever sold on regular contract basis. 

Program, titled "Stars of the 
Milky Way," is sponsored by Irvin- 
dale Dairies, locally, owned', and oc- 
cupies four solid hours from 8 a.m. 
to 12 noon each Sunday. 



CBS Hangs Out 
SRO Day Sp 

■^or the first time In years, CBS 
next month will be completely sol4 
out on its daytime schedule. Deal 
has been set for Lucky Strike to 
move into the 4:30-5 p.m. cross- 
the-board segment with the new 
Don . Ameche variety show pack- 
aged by Bernard Schubert. Show 
is scheduled for a mid-December 
kickofif. 

Meanwhile, Procter Gamble 
has negotiated for the purchase of 
the 2:45-3 p.m. cross-the-board Slot 
which. Manhattan Soap is exiting 
this month when it drops the 
"Evelyn Winters" soap opera. P. 
& G. plans taking over the strip 
on Dec. 27, although the program 
and product haven't been decided 
upon as yet. 

. Lucky Strike decision to latch 
on to the Ameche show for a big- 
time day splurge with a "night- 
time format"- reportedly followed 
a two-way test in which Robert Q. 
Lewis was also considered serious- 
ly for sponsorship. 

Dorothy Dix's Day 

Strip for Sealtest 

Sealtest looks all set to invade 
the daytime program field, with a 
cross-the-board Dorothy Dix show 
packaged by John Gibbs. Network 
facilities are still undecided, al- 
though probably either ABC or 
Mutual will get the nod. 
. Novel sponsorship arrangement 
is being worked out for the pro- 
gram, with cut-ins by local Seal- 
test dealers, who will pick up the 
tab. 

New show will give Sealtest a 
two-way network ride, with the new 
Dorothy Lamour Thursday night 
NBG shov,f representing a $12,500 
weekly talent production, 



t2 



rnAUm REVIEWS 



SEWEY-WARREN BANDWAGON 

Witb Got. Thomas E. Dewey, Gov. 
Earl Warren, Robert Mont- 
CwmeiT, Irene Ounne^ Kay Mil- 
land, ZaSu Fitls. Tex McCraiy, 
Jinx fWenbuiy. Frank Morean* 
Victei- M«ttre, Abbott & Costell*. 
Jeanette . MacDonaM, James 
Melton, Harold Peary, Robert 
RipTey, Arthur Lake, Georffe 
Murphy, Fred Waring Orch. 

60 Mins.', Man. it), 9 p.m. 

REPUBLICAN NATIONAL COM- 
MITTEE 

CBS and . NBC, from N.Y, and 
HoUnvood 

{B.B.p. & O.) 

Repeating a stunt first pulled in 
behalf of Franklin D. Roosevelt in 
1944, the Republican wing ot show 
business turned out en masse this, 
election eve for a spectacular two- 
network politico - theatrical pitch 
for Dewey and Warren. Four years 
ago, ironically, the Republicans 
yelled "discrimination" at the nets 
tot permitting electioneering in 
tbe- guise of entertainments but 
they knew a good thing when they 
heard one. 
Where arguments end, glamor 

, takes over is the obvious theory 
of this <ype of show. The razile- 
4azEle of dozens of film, legit and 
laiJio cfelebs pushing their favorite 
sons is persuasive, if not exactly 
logical propaganda. The Dewcy- 
Warren show,, with its frankly get- 
on - the - bandwagon theme, was 
glittering with star-dust and infec- 
tious with its enthusiasm. It hadj 

• enough of a format to jell the 
various items into an acceptable 
varifety pattern, but on election 
eve, format is definitely subordi- 
nate to spirit. 

The first 10-minutes of each 
Iialf^hour section in -which dozens 
«f show biz names from HoUywood, 
New York and various other cities 
were picked up to say they were 
on the RepubUcan bandwagon, was 
proiMbly most effective in sweep- 
ing dialers off their feet. The 
limger contributions were, less im- 
jnci^ve.' 

How many votes did those politi- 
cal savants, Abbott & Costello, win 
over by repeating that "'who's on 
first" routine? Jeanette Mac- 
Donald's rendition of Gov. Dewey's 
favorite song, "Beyond the Blue 
Horiwn," was slightly off-key but 
mu.sically. the program was saved 
by Fred Waring's orch and ch9nis. 
Several dramatic skits with Ray 
MiUand. Irene Dunne, Tex Mc- 
Crary, Jinx Falkenburg and ZaSu 
Pitts were okay for tlie occasion, 
despite apparent weaknesses. 

Emcee chores were handled com- 
petently by Robert Montgomery, 
from New York, and George Mur- 
phy, from Hollywood. Two of tne 
program's highspots, despite the 
array of professional talent, were 
delivered by a couple of amateurs, 
Dewey and' Warren, who made al- 
most non-partisan talks in behalf 
of unity tfoA democracy. Hem. 

ADVENTURES OF THE THIN 
MAN 

With Les Tremayne, Claudia Mor- 

j^an, others 
Praducer-directer: Blnau Brown 
S% mns.^, Tliars., 10 p.m. 
KAISER-FRAZER 
Mutual, from New York 
( Wcmtrflub ) 
Les Tremayne back in his off- 
and-on role as Nick Charles and 
Claudia Morgan is again Nora in 
this so-familiar series, which has 
been a good thing for producer Hi 
Brown lor a long time now. The 
program can't be said to improve 
With age, but must be credited, at 
least, with successfully wooing 
sponsors. On CBS last season for 
General Goods and on NBC during 
the past summer for Pabst beer. 
It has now turned up on Mutual 
With Kaiser-Frazer bankrolling. 

Where the stanza la.st summer, 
however, attempted a comedic 
turn (in deference to NBC's frown 
: on before U-.SO crime fare), "Thin 
Man" is now back in its Standard 
pattern, wherein characters and 
plot bear no relation to reality. 
Murderers and their victims again 
gravilalje toward N & N, as though 
they had no oUier place to go. 
Last week's (28) getaway, follow" 
ing the inevitable sex tease opener, 
found a big blonde staggering into 
the Charleses' apartment to; fall 
dead with a tenife in her back. The 
rest was only a slight variation 
CNora went sleuthing herself and 
Nick has taken to knocking women 
down) on tlie patly contrived 
•tory that has been unfolded for 
wears. Tbe cast does a stock iob. 
The musical bridges aren't too 
bad. 

K-F's commercials are straight, 
well-accented plugs for "the pride 
«{ WIUow Sun." Oom. 



SOMETHING OUGHT TO BE 
DONE 

With J. RayuiMd Walsh, CUef 
Magistrate Edcrar Bromberfer. 
Dr. Frederick Wertham, Howard 
WUtmsin, S«n. MMSNelll Miteli- 
ell, Josiah P. Marvel. Bert 
Knapp, annonneer ' . 
Producer-Director: Hal Schaffel 
30 Mins. Sun. 1:30 p.m. 
SACHS QUALITY STORES 
WMCA. N. Y. 
. (Wmi Worren jljjrcj;.) ■ 
Radio continues to show increas- 
ing signs of maturity with panel 
discussions on subjects that have 
been tabooed hitlierto. The air- 
waves of late have been opened up 
to forums on a variety of subjects 
including venereal diseases, Kin- 
sey report discussions, and . no w ra- 
dio has gone one step -further in 
the first discussion of the problem 
of homosexuaLs. 

WMCA's "Something Ought to 
be Done," fadimanned by Dr. J. 
Raymond Walsh, has taken a cou- 
rageous step in this direction. It's 
a departure that indicates evenr 
tually some action >Vill be taken;; 
It's now a foregone conclusion that, 
discussion is a forerunner of ac- 
tion. The prerequisite of doing 
something about this problem- has 
thus been started. 

Panel on this subject included 
N. Y.'s Chief Magistrate Edgar 
Bromberger, : Psychiatrist Freder-; 
ick Wertham, author Howard 
Whitman, State Senator MacNeill 
Mitchell and Josiah P. Marvel, 
chairman of the Qualcer Emer-; 
gency Committee which has made 
available psychiatry /at low or no 
fees to homosexuals that evidence ; 
a desire to become normaL j 
Problem was intelligently dis- | 
cussed by all panel members, i 
Judgie Bromberger-poiated out that 
the judiciary has; .already ' taken 
cognizance of the situation and, has 
started referring curable, first ofr 
fenders within : a prescribed age 
limit to the Quaker clinie. Various 
phases of tiie matter were dis- 
cussed with a high degree of free- 
dom. Actually, very little could be 
discussed on a 30-minute session, 
but this panel served a high pur- 
pose in getting the problem out in 
the open. 

More panels of this type and 
then it's up; to. medical, authorities 
and lei^lators' to carry on. 

■. Jose. ■ 




HARRY SALTER 

MUSICAL DIRECTOR 
Stop the Music — ABC 
It Pay* to 6* Ignorant — CBS 



TIBE LIVELY ARTS 
Witli Giibeit Seldcs; Dick Bradley 

annwnacer ' 
Prodoeer: Ted Cott 
Director: Henry MorgenthatBi III 
15 Mins., Son., 10 p.m. 
Sustaining; 
WNEW, N, Y. 

ThiS; is an interesting program 
and a good addition to" the N; Y. 
scene, despite its obvious faults. 
Gilbert Seldes, who - knows his 
stuff and has positive, provocative 
ideas on his subjects, takes a gan- 
der at "the lively arts," those that 
"entertain us without too: much 
strain on the intellect." In a fast 
quarler-hour he covers the enter- 
tainment scene, with informal 
pungent comments on theatre, 
books, films, as well as sports, 
women's clothes and love. 

Flaws in the program, in addi- 
tion to Seldes' occasional heavy- 
banded use of barbs and satire, in- 
clude his weak, small voice which 
he uses too fast. Otherwise, 
Seldes' informal, inside-stuff com- 
ments on the passing show and 
general scene make good radio 
copy. ■ ■ 

Sunday's (31) opener skimmed 
rapidly and entertainingly through 
criticism of stale .jokes and un- 
varied programs of radio come- 1 
dians; the Book of the Month | 
choice of T?iiomas Mann's "Dr. | 
Faustus," with its mystery of every , 
judge offering excuses for having ' 
selected it; the "50 coll(5ge foot- 1 
hall factories In the hu^ness for | 
money"; Elizabeth Hawes' new ' 
book, th* Petrillo recording back- 
down, etc. In his gab about sports, 
Seldes got off a good one when he 
said, "We may be a nation of good 
sports — but not about sport." In 
delivery, voice and comment Seldes 
is a little acidy and indistinct, but 
his material offsets the defects. 

Brow. 



CHILDREN OF DIVORCE 

With Ben Cooper, Jaa Minor, Joe 

Desantis, Jan Mortia^ Helen Holt, 

Joan ' Lazar; narrator, Norman 

Rose; masic, composed and con-. 

ducted by John Gatt 
Writer:. JeronieRwsS"'. 
Directon Miidkell GrayMn 
2S Mins.; Mon. (2S> »:3I p.m. 
Mntnal, frm New Vwrik 

Mutual took a big stride Monday 
<25) in improving the nation's do^ 
mestic relations— for in "Ghildren 
of Divorce" the net unwrapped a 
two-fisted, forthright attack upon 
our way of life that dissipates a 
child's emotional health. Semi- 
documentary was -p ar t cular ly 
heightened by the inclusion of two 
tape recorded interviews with 
children in the chambers of Judge 
Paul W. Alexander, presiding jus^ 
Uce of the Domestic Relations and 
Juvenile Court of Toledo. . 

One case history involved 12- 
year-old Bobby whose parents* di- 
vorce bpou^t him two homes. And 
Bobby was only one of 2,000,000 
other children who faced exactly' 
the same circumstances last year as 
a result of some 500,000-odd di- 
vorces. These broken homes might 
well be avoided, points out Mutual's 
dramatic plea, by eliminating the 
barriers caused by individual en- 
mity of mother and father. 

After listeners digested the con- 
fused existences in store for Bobby 
and teen-age Judy, who "wouldn't 
go with either one of her parents," 
narrator Norman Rose emphasiied 
that wrecked marriages ate now 
being treated as a community prob- 
lem. And for those interested in 
guidance in regard to marital and 
domestic problems it was noted 
that the Family Service Assn. of 
America had compiled a list of 
memher agencies. These would be 
available to anyone upon request. 

Under producer Elsie Dick's 
supervision, this sfiow represented 
an intelligent approach to the age- 
old divorce question that becomes 
more and more acute with the pass- 
ing years. Mitchell Grayson's di- 
rection, Jerome; Boss' script and 
John Cart's music all contributed 
to a fine overall impact brought 
about by performances of a good 
cast. Show was aired in New York 
by indie WNEW Thurs. (28) as a 
"public service" since Mutual's 
flagship, WOR, had other commit- 
ments. Gilb. 



From die fVodndim Cadres 



Buffalo— WKBW's Junior Jam- 
boree, a teen-ager quiz show pro- 
duced in cooperation with Bufl!alo 
Automobile Club and Western Wew 
,York Safety Coundl, is on for its 
aecond year ^vilh a new Junior 
wncee, Barbara Lewis, local high 
pchool ei^. 



REPORT FROM ISRAEL 
With NaUian Straws; announcer, 

Bert Knapp 
Writer: Stivns 

14 Mins.; Mon.vthrUrFri.j p.m. 
ISvstaininsr 
WMCA., N.'Y. 

Grim determination of the citi- 
zens of the new state of Israel to 
fight for their ideals was remark- 
ably outlined by WMCA prcz Na- 
than Straus in an on-tlie-scene 
broadcast shortwaved from Pales- 
tine Mon. (1). Stanza marked the 
heginning of a .series of cro.ss-lhe- 
board commentaries which will 
originate in that near East area. 

Chiefly confining his text to a 
description of a plane ride from 
Paris to a secret Isrseli airfield. 
Straus em}>hasi2ed the uneventful- 
ness of the flight mUl the "lights 
(Continued OB page 34) 



HARRY HERSHFIELD 
30 Mins., Mon.-Fri., IZ midnifht 
WOR, N. Y. 

Harry Hershfield's after dinner 
stories are generally B pleassnt 
capper to a banquet. His wealth 
of yams and warmth of delivery 
make for pleasant listening and 
he has the knack of tying up an 
audience In short order. 

Unfortunately Hershfield's abil- 
ity in this direction is difficult to 
project over the air. His warmth 
as a raconteur loses several de- 
grees when it reaches the loud- 
speakers. 

He's taken on a difficult assign- 
ment by migrating nightly to a 
difl'erent cafe or restaurant for a 
series of interviews wilBi celebri- 
ties, a brace of yams and a few 
disk spinnings. 

Primarily, the format puts him 
at the mercy of ttie type of floor- 
show the spot has and the type of 
customer it gets. With a session 
of this kind, he's at a disadvan- 
tage Inasmutdi as anyone who would 
want to grace a Her^field broad- 
cast would have to memorize his 
nightly scheduJe. A celeb, unless , 
couiered in advance, would con- .,.7 /^tti^ 4r<d\ 
ceivaWy find it easier just to go to \-int\jA\r\J 
the Copa where they're sure to find 
Jack Eigen. 

On show caught from the Latin 
Quarter, Hershfield got a few good 
moments in interviews with Ted 
Lewis, Benny Rubin and boniface 
Lou Walters. These talks had some 
good moments, but total effect Was 
dissipated by the generally ineffec- 
tual format. Jose, 



IN NEW YORK CITY ... 

■ WOR Tirexy Ted Streibert has been named a trustee of the Brooklyn ^ 
Institute of Arts and Science Lyle Van hatii on WOR news follow- 
ing an intestinal attack which stnick him wliile he ^vas on the air last 

week Kay Kyser and missus (Georgia CnnrolO due In from the Coast - 

next Tuesday (9) for a stay in the east through the Christmas holiday, 

during which he'll tape his ABC show in N.Y Fred Thrower, ABC'S 

sales veepee, honeymooning in. Nassau following a surprise wedding in 
Savannah last Saturday (30). Bride is Marion Kendall Hodge of Canada 
. . . Franidin Pulasici, narrator on "The United Nations Today," just fin- 
ished narrating two documentary films for the U. S. Air Force. 

Herb Shriner reviving his duffel-bag routine . (which he did for troops ' 
overseas during the war) in a floor show for new draftees tonight 

(Wed.) at the N. Y. Induction Center It's Joan (not John) Shea who 

copped roles this past week in "FBI In Peace and War" and "Electric 

fheatre." She'll be in former stanza again tomorrow (Thur.) night 

Geonria Gibbs cutting several disks for the Navy recruiting drive .... 
Marearet Draper became a Philly commuter this week, having the lead 
in the NBC serial, "The Brighter Day," and a part in the legiter "For - 
Heaven's Sake, Mother," which opened in the Quaker City ..Nan' 
Wynn signed as permanent chiriter on WOR's "Poole's Parlor." 

WINS got into the election-flight billings payoff at the last minute, 

with Skouras Theatres picking up the tab Harvey Bullock, formerly 

with VIP Service, has joined Radio HBI, public relations outfit for Tom, 
to handle out-of-town promotion for CBS' "Give and Take" .... Wendell 
Holmes of the "Respectful Prostitute" legiter cast has picked up a role 
in NBC's "Road of Life". . . Another Broadway thesp, James Monks, in 
■ 'Young Dr. Malone" . . . . Al Grobe,. WQXE's chief announcer, came 
away from the recent AFRA party with a $450 tele set Cnrt A, 
Heuser, comptroller and assistant treasurer of Bamberger Broadcasting 
(WOR), now also secretary of the corp. " f 

Sawid AJmassawa, director of Etadio Ihdonea^v ticketed to talk -on 

"Broadcasting in the Pacific" at the New School tonight (Wed.) 

Scripter Priscilla Kent honeymooning at Greenbriar in White. Sulphur 
Springs. Groom is Richard S. RotlisehUd, stockbroker. . . .ABC an- 
nouncer GeorceGann looking for a song and dance team named Ray & ' 
Lolita. He found a suitcase apparently twlongiBg to them last week on 

West 48th. street George Monagban, WOR eariyhird, extending his 

leave another month so he and^ his Powers Model yiitt, Nwak May. can 
take roles in a New Gainsborough picture, "Helter Skelter," now Iq 
production, in England. The Mona^ans also are elated to do one of ' 
the first TV fashion shows from Paris next week, V . 

WPIX's Danny Webh ("Comics on Parade") sent the Red Cross more 
than 200 names of proffered blood donors following a plea on his show 
for donors to help Ll'l Orphan Annie; who was recently dying. xSbm 

recovered, of course) World .Series aftermath: Mel Allen, who waa 

ailing during, the ^ames, was still at home last week. ; fed Wilhelm, in 
charge of production for Maxon (Gillette's agency), is in the hosp^I. 
Mailin Pew, Maxon publicist, and Pa«l Jon««, Mutual sports directoi^; 
bedded with the flu-^Larry Dom, new producer of "American: Forum.'r 
collecting kudos on his reformatting of the MBS stanza. 

"Manhattan MerryOo Round," Frank Hmnnwrt't Sunday night NBC 
musical, begins its 17th: year next Sabbath (7). Cast currently mcludes 
Thomas L. Thomasv Marian MeManns, Bob Hannon, Dick O'Connor, 
Dennis Ity an, Boys wd Girls of Manhattan chorus and Victor Ardea's 

orch Sidney Smith into the "David Harum" cast Grace Coppia 

and Ed Latimer added to "Front Page Farrell" Walter SeMen, of 

Blow agency, in hospital after an appendectomy Merrill E. Joels 

doing regular commercials on "Road of Lite" and "Light of the Worid'* 

. Dorothy Gabriel now casting director at Blow. . . . White Bock has 
bought three.'a-week schedules on George Bryan's CBS news and; Martin 

Block's WNEW "Make Believe Ballroom" Charles Dniry, recently 

back from Italy wliere he worked on Orson Welles' new film, signed a 
13-week contract with WGYN-FM for his new dramatic group, Man- 
hattan Radio Playhouse ABC gabber Kelvin Kceck back from his 

native's return to '.Hawaii.'. ^ .Alan Sands and Karl Sehliehter writing 
and producing a package of five e.t. shows for this year'ii: Christmas 
Seal radio campaign. Stanzas include four IS-minute comedy^variety- 
musical shows starring DoroUiy Lamour and Frank Morean, Dennis 
Day. Nelson Eddy and Dorothy Kirsten, and Launitz Melchlor, and a 
half-hour sequence with Bob Hope as emcee. . '. , Edward Rosen has 
joined Walter Koner Associates as account exec 

m HOLLYWOOD . . . 

Philip Morris Playhouse tees up Nov. S with Bnrt Lancaster tensing 
the dialers in "Silver Frame," an original by Bill Spier, who also directs: 

the series. Second guest call goes to Lvcilie Ball as "Angel Face" 

Bob Hussey is the next of the Young ;& Rubicam department heads to 
be shipped east for a study of television. As the agency's program 
developer in Hollywood, he will function in a dual capacity once the 
company's Coa.st clients come calling for TV ideas . .Pat O'Brien 
hopped an airliner for New Yoik where he'll team up with Montgomery ; 

Clift in Theatre Guild's "Criminal 0»de" Nov. 7 Walter Lorie found 

a new time for Erskine Johnson's "Hollywood Story" on Mutual and is 
now trying to clear another period for Sheilah Graham, for whom he 
has high hopes of enticing a sponsor. At least Sheilah gets what she 
always wanted, a coast-to-coaster. Althou^ he hatched the idea of 
a dramatic series with C B. DeMille, he's keeping iurnds off since the 
producer rejectjBd ttue pleas of Mutual's higher echelon to get himself 
'Scared away With AFRA. . . Gail SmhUi, Procter & Gamble's night 
time radio topper, was rolled back to Cincinnati within hours after he 
set foot on our soil. He just wanted to be around in case his firm's 
shows were struck by writers . . . Alumni of the Don Lee family were 
saluted by Hollywood Ad club and the turnout would make a prelty 
fair who's who of radio. Among the grade was Natoe Connor, who 
went from KHJ to Metropolitan Opera, ...Sheman L^udermiMi, who 
was a Marine combat artist daring the war, moved in at Paramounl's 
TV station as art director . . .Latlirop Mack, formerly in spot sales at 
NBC, new veepee and general manager of Davis-Qarrisan.JSimmonds 
agency .... niil Baker, radio's luo-d luck guy, had the topper spun on 
him last week when the Hooperators handed him a 5.3 rise just after he 
bowed off the Philip Morris time, . . .Bob Hawk reunloned with Harry 
Norwood when he got a preempt holiday .... Frank Mullen lunching 
with the NBC crowd "just for old times sike," Once the Washington 
biz is out ot tiie way he'll pass most of his time here, having recently 
Teased « home in BeVhills — DM Sharbwtt is one of Hie teading spirits 
b^ind the Century Theatre group, Which stages plays in « IMe theatre 

four nights a week. Getting ready f6r television, that is Many 

radioites, who officered in the last war, are taking an active part in the 
new reserve unit of Armed Forces Radio Service. Among them are 
Mari-ln Y«uii«:, Ted l^ierdMnan, Sandy Cianaiass, Austin Peterson, 
Karel Pearson, Mark Fialey and Vemon Caxstenscn. 



Everett Mitchell, emcee of NBC's "Nati<mal Farm & Home Hour." 
rounds out a quarter century in radio this week . . . "American Radio 
Warblers," only net show on which the cast is paid oft with birfseed, 

resumed here for Mutual Sunday (31) Howard IMtgens, chief en- 

gineai^ for NBC, bedded by the flu Chnok A«l«e faa<^ as emcee of 

"Hint Hunt" after sailfishiag in Florida With 2ack Masely, w*o draws 

the "Smllin' Jack" comic strip Mass. Florence Hnl^Md, Chi \vJd"\v 

who won $22,500 in prizes for Identifying Jack Bcmy as the Walking 

(Continued on page 34) 



AGENCIES BOW TO PACKAGERS 



Sy Siegels Got a Network 

Sy Siegel, director of New York City's municipal indie, WNYC, 
may have been rebuffed In his determined effort to get tlie FCC 
to let the station stay on overtime to broadcast last night's (Tues.) 
' election returns,' as it has done lor the past 24 years,. But, as a re- 
sult, he found himself with 14 outlets taking a feed on WNYC's 
vote coverage. i 

Oddly enough, one of the stations that didn't choose to join; in 
the wholesale move to take WNYC off the spot was WMCA, to 
which CBS prexy Frank Stanton reportedly made such a pitch. . 
Network topper's suggestion to the indie was motivated by a feel- 
ing that the FCC nix put CBS in a bad light because, while day- 
timer WNYC operates on the clear channel of GBS' WCCO, Minne- 
apolis, the web had no objection to the muuy station's overtime 
one-shot. 

Stations that jumped in to take election-results feeds starting at 
10 p.m., when WNYC had to sign off, were: WEVD, WINS, WNEW, 
WMGM -and WOV, all AM'ers, and the eight-station Rural FM 
Net#orl^; Which blankets most of upstate Ni Yv^' W of 
course, was kept on the air. 

Siegisl himself, as in thc.past, generalissimoed the ballot report- , 
ing, with some 300 persons engaged in helping round up the local 
returns. Eight remote pickup points were used, including the 
major parties' and candidates' headquarters: and Times SquMe. 

Geor^ A^ak Conrt Slaps Down 
FCC, Orders WGST to Fuii Pact 



ILL m OP 



PRODIICTIOII ^^^"^^^ (Thurs.); Picketing Delayed 



Atlanta, Nov. 2. * 

Federal Communications Com- 
mission overreached its authority 
when it ordered WGST, Mutual 
afmiate here, not to fulBU its con- 
tract with Southern ^Broadcasting 
Stations, Inc., according to deci- 
sion handed down last week by 
State Court of Appeals. 

Contract in question required 
WGST, owned and operated by 
Georgia Institute of Technology, a 
stale-owned school, to pay South- 
eni Broadcasting Stations, former 
lessees of WGST, 15% of the net 
billings through 1950. 

Appellate court ruled that FCC 
cannot annul a contract entered 
- into by a licensee radio station or 
Interefere with the private opera- 
tions of a station. Its ruling up- 
held a decision of Fulton Superior 
court in favor of Southern Broad- 
c'astmg Stations for $155,000. The 
judgment was against the Georgia 
Board of Regents, nominally the 
. operators of WGST. 

Regents bought lease of South- 
ern Broadcasting on WGST in 
1943. Part Of consideration was 
payment of aforesaid 15% vt net 
billings. WGST met these pay- 
ments through July, 1945, at which 
time FCC refused to renew sta- 
tion's license as long as 15% con- 
tract was in effect, contending that 
• such a contract jeopardized the 
station and was against; public in- 
terest. 

Regents, although not denying 
legality of contract^ claimed that 
they had been prohibited from car- 
rying it tut by order of FCC. 

It was then that lessee sued 
and got judgment for $144,968.83 
principal and $10,991.31 interest 
on past due payments. 



Anna Sosenko's Op 

• . Nov. 2. 

Anna . Sosenko is oka y • now after 
a throat operation. : 

Hildegarde's manager is resting 
at the Ambassador hotel here. 



EZ $1,0M 
- Sale Confirmed 



Hollywood. Nov. 2. 
It's more than idle gossip or: 
cocktail time scuttlebut. that . the ; 
ad: agencies are thinking seriously 
about getting out of show business 
and back to their old line of en- 
deavor-^buying time and space 
and taking their 15%; It's being 
talked in the big commission 
houses and many of : the toppers 
have actually held meetings to 
sound out sentiment of their com- 
petitors. 

. Reasons for the bowout are said 
to be twofold; poor shows jeopard- 
ize accounts and by shifting the 
responsibility to agents or pack- 
agers they can" get out from un- 
der, and the relief from production 
allows . staffers . more. ; freedom: of 
movement and affords the oppor- 
I tunity of getting in on -television 
I without putting the agency to add- 
ed expense of bringing inTY ex- 
perts.'- ..■ 

.Plan is said: to be so far along 
that, it wouldn't surprise insiders ; 
if : the :pereentage ' bf outside-pro- 
duced: shows exceeds the current 
70%- by next season. The change- 
over would be gradual but com-, 
plete. Latest Hooper pocket piece 
lists 231 commercial shows on the 
networks and of this numlier the 
agencies have little to do but act 
in a supervisory capacity and see 
' that the commercial copy is proper- 
ly handled.: Most of the high 
. budget programs are controlled by 
MCA or William Morris, and CBS 
I is riding herd on quite a few of 
j its own. ;Then there are: such pack- 
agers as Jimmy Saphier, Ken Do-; 
Ian, Bernie Shubert and Prank Fer-' 
' rin, who ; keep the agencies happy 
i. by holding their shows on even 
ikeel. ■ ■:: 



Break in RWG Stifte May Devekip 



FM: Fading Money 

Jersey City, N. J.. Nov. 2. 

WFMO, the FM station, here, 
suspended operations last Sat- 
urday, night at 11 o'clock after 
having been operating since Sep- 
tember, 1947. Station, which is re- 
puted to represent an initial in- 
vesbnent of $150,000, had difficulty 
iif, getting regular sponsors. Em- 
bassy : Newsreel Theatres a n d 
Brunswick Laundry here being the 
only regular buyers of air time. 
Francis C. Wood. Jr., head of Fidel- 
ity Media Broadcasting Corp., is a 
Newsreel Theatres veepee while 
owners of the Brunswick ;Laundry 
are stockholders in Fidelity. 

Newsreel Theatres operates the 
Embassy on Broadway, N. Y., and 
other newsreel houses: in. N. Y. and 
Newark. That corporation had no 
coin tied up in the venture, it was 
explained this week. Wood 'being 
interested strictly in: his -own be-; 
half. 



Denver, Nov, 2., 

Confirmation of the sale of KLZ, ' 
the CBS affiliate here, and its 
sister, station, KVOR, Colorado 1 
Springs, to a group of prominent i 
Denver business leaders, was made | 
here over the weekend by E. K. i 
Gaylord, Oklahoma: City publisher. 

The sale has yet to be approved 
by the FCC, where an application 
for transfer of ownership will be 
filed in the next few days. The 
purchase price is reported to be 
near $1^000,000. 

: Purchaser is /aaddin Radio and 

Television, Inc., headed by Denver i , . „ . . i 
civic leaders and motion picture i embarrassing entertainment, un 

executives, Harry E. Huffman^ ! 



Mpk KEYD Preems With 
A 'Non-Embarrassment' 
Policy on Shows, Com1s 

MinneapoliSj Nov. 2. 

KEYD, city's newest radio sta- 
tion, has begun broadcasting under 
a broad policy calling for "non- 



president; Frank H. Ricketson, Jr., 
I treasurer; Albert J. Gould, secre- 
tary, and Hugh B: Terry, present 
manager of KLZ, who becomes 
exec veepee and general manager 
of the corporation. . 

Other Aladdin stockholders are 
Ted Gamble, Portland, Oregon; 
Elroy McCaw, Centralia, Wasliing- 
ton, and .stock participation will be 



. Judge B. C. Gardner, who wrote i available to certain key employes 
the opinion for the Second Divi- 1 of the two radio stations and Den- 
sion of the Court of Appeals, said , ver tliealre companies, 
the Communications . Act of Con- 1 ; in confirming ; the purchase an- 
. gress was not intended to place | nouncements, Aladdin officials said 
niatters of a private nature before .no change was: contemplated either 



der command of Lee Whiting. 

Policy applies also to commer-. 
cials and was defined when reports 
circulated the station would ban 
film plugs on the ground they were 
too hot to handle. : 

That's not the case, said Whiting. 
Motion picture advertising will be 
accepted when it does not point 
up possible immoral aspects of a 
picture. Some film plugs, he said, 
exaggerate picture situations, and. 
he cited "Foreign Affair" commer- 
cials as example. , ^ 
Glass A stock in .station is owned .sludy 



FCC Unsnarls 
Dayton FM er 

Washington, Nov. 2. 
FCC last week unsnarled some 
of the red tape it had:, attached to 
the licen^ng of an FM station last 
March 18 to Skyland Broadcasting 
Corp., at Dayton, O. Upon petition 
of Skyland, the Commission 
dropped a previous ruling that-, a ; 
Skyland stockholder, must dispose 
of his stock in a station in the same 
area before the grant could take 
effect. 

Sl^land' got the : edge in. a Com- 
mission decision on the FM fre- 
quency over Radio Voice of Spring- 
field, Inc., licensee of WIZE, 
Springfield, G., after a competitive 
hearing. FCC, however, in okaying 
the application of Skyland, stipu- 
lated that the right to go ahead 
with the station would be condi- 
tioned on the sale, within 90 days, 
of stock held by Ronald Woodyard, 
Skyland stockholder, in WIZE. 

Woodyard is a substantial minori- 
ty stockholder and was once active 
in the operation of WIZE, con- 
trolled by Secretary of Commerce 
Charles Sawyer. 

Woodyard's testimony , in t:h e 
hearing for the FM outlet; was 
cited in the Gommi.s.sion's decision 
in giving the nod to Skyland over 
Sawyer's WIZE. In vacating the 
condition of the grant to Skyland, 
the Gommis.sion said that si nee 
Radio Voice of Springfield, was 
denied, the requirement that Wood- 
yard must soli hi.s stock in WIZE 
was no longer necessary. : 

At request of Skyland, the Com* 
mission extended, pending further 
the 90-day period It gave 



the FCC, which, under the Act 
has jurisdiction over radio stations 
as interstate -public utilities. 

The opinion also cited ruling.s, of 
other courts that the FCC has no 
authority: 

(1 J To regulate the business of 
a licensee. 

(2) No supervisory control over- 
programs. 

(3 No -power to control the busi- 
ness management or policy of a 
radio statiofl. 



by Family 
Class B- is 

Whiting and 60% to religious busir 
or policies oi ivi.^. j „essmen's group. Whiting said sta- 
Everett Shupe, Col- 1 ^.^^ commercial and not relig- 
continue as .^^^ general aspect. Sbthe 
1 err> win p(.eaching programs are spotted Ifi 
I early n.m: ^and^ Simiiay* mornings. 
1 '!Non - vembarrassrneht!' policy 
I will esctend also tb , disk: jockey 
I broadcasts. Jive arid jump are out, 
' and such tunes as : ''Ddin' Wl^^^^^ 
; Comes Naturally,'' cited: by; Whit^^^ 
: ing, also won't be played; - 



m personnel or policies of KLZ 
and KVOR. 
orado: Springs, -M'ill 
manager ot KVOR 
continue as KI.Z manager. 



Broadcasting Corp., ' Woodyard to dispose of his stock 
distributed 40% to in WIZE before a grant for a new 
AM station at Dayton to Skyland 
could take, effect. iCoffimisd^ 
Walker, Sterling and Jfines, the lat- 
ter a former Mockholder Jri Sky- 
land, did not participate; in the. de- 
cision, 



PHILCO'S $6,631,000 
9-MONTH EARNINGS 

Philco Corp, earnings in the first 
nine months this year amounted 
to $6,631,000. nearly $1,000,000 
greater than in corresponding pe- 
riod last vear when company earn- 
ings totalled ,$5,6.'?2,000, according 
I to announcement last week by Wil- 
|liam Balderston, company presi- 
dent. These earnings totals wore 



Continental FM Network 
Adds 1st Coast Outlet 

: i Washington,: Nov. 2. 
. Continental ;FM Network added 

its firsi, West Coast . affiliate Mon- after writing off inventory reserve 
day (1), when Everett Dillard, and roseai-ch reserve in botli in- 
pre.fy. announced completion of stances. Tins yiwi- (lie coipoialion 

■.a.ri-angojiVents- ■ With " .ICSB^, . San- -ket aside: $2,100,000 for mvcntory: ■ 
Ij'ranqiSco, to carry the net's pro- i reserve as compared with $1,500,- 

, grams.' : . - :.: , . ■:■: ; ,. : ■:' .l OOO- last.',year,.wliile $586,000 vyas;; 

Piog[-jms will be transcribed on appropriated for icsearch reseive , 
high-fidchty Rangcrtone tape si- against S.)96,000 a .year ago. ; 
multUneous with eastern broadcast After these writeoffs and pre- 
and air-expressed to West Coast, ferred dividends Hhilco ' snowea 
KSBR operates with 250,000 watts $4.23 earnings on common, as com- , 
ufl'ecLive radiated power, | pared with $3.90 last year. t 



Anything for a Gag 

Minneapolis, Nov. 2. 

KSTP's new headquarters, 
in midway district of St. Paul, 
imposes new tax problems. 

KSTP building, surmounted 
by television-FM tower, is ex- 
actly on intercity boundary, 
and arrangement had: to be 
worked out to split taxes be- 
tween Minneapolis:, and: St. 
Paul, 

Location, however, gives 
Stanley Hubbard, station pres- 
ident, opportunity to ask visi- 
tors in offices on Minneapolis 
side to "step over into St. Paul 
for a minute." 



New England School 
Tosses Into BBC's Lap 
Radio Student Exchange 



♦ The week-old Badio Writer* 
Guild strike against nearly 60 net- . 
work radio shows was still in ef- 
fect yesterday (Tues.), although 
there were signs that the scripters 
and the "unfair" ad . agencies 
against whom the action is directed 
might resume negotiations tomor- 
row (Thurs.). 

Meantime, : the writers, who had 
scheduled picketing to begin Mon- 
day (1) in New York, Chicago and. 
Hollywood, again postponed order- . 
ing out the lines, this : time .until : 
tomorrow, at the behest of J. 'R. • 
Mandelbaum , assistant regional di- 
rector of the Federal Mediation 
and Conciliation Service. . 

Possibility of a break in the . 
deadlock developed over the week- 
end when Mandelbaum parried to 
RWG a proposal by the agencies 
and their adve^is^. clients, to re'* 
sume talks tomorrow, "uijder ceiv . 
tain conditions," which were not' J 
revealed. The guild strategists ac- 
cepted the proposal, but added - a 
condition of tlieir own, also undis- ' 
closed. .Mandelbaum immediately .: 
carried the writers' counter-pro- C 
posal back to the agency group. : 
But it was not expected, 'Owing to 
the election holiday yesterday, that 
the management reply would bo ' 
forthcoming until today (Wed.). 

In ,the interim, -the guild : "re- ■ 
straining order" — issued by its 
parent Authors League, of America 
— against members supplying ma- 
terial to any of tiie struck shows, 
continues in effect. If any of thar 
programs were suffering by the 
script blackade up to this point,'; 
the agencies were keeping it strict- i 
ly to themselves. 

There are mounting indications 
that the strike is having: a unifying: 
effect upon the scripters. Action 
has. also turned into a terrific 
rallying: force . in other writing : 
fields, according to reliable .sources,' ■ 
with an amazing Surge of support 
for RWG developing among drama- . 
tists, novelists and others in the 
ALA. 

At the same time, reports are- 
spreading that,' should the strike 
enter *the picketing, stagej a con- 
siderable - defection can be. ex-!-/^ 
pected among agency personnel as 
well as among freelance directors, 
actors, etc. Some agency personnel, . 
such as script editors, supervisors , 
and talent men, have joined RWQ' . 
.so they wUI . have an alibi for re-: . 
fusing to; work on struck shows. 
Individual members of: the Radio;. 
Directors, It's said, will in some ; 
instances simply fail to appear to 
direct their shows, and many non- 
contract actors will decline to ac- 
cept calls. 

High-level execs of major adr 
vertising clients flew in from many 
sections of . the - country for th#; 
weekend huddle of the agency-:: 
sponsor group. Mandelbaum said it 
was the first time in the history of : : 
labor negotiations in radio that the- ; 
sponsoring companies ■;faave as- 
sumed active roles in a contFoversy 
affecting their .programs. 

Guild reported that two shows, 
"Meet the Meeks" (NBC) and "The 
Listening Post" (ABC), bad been 
removed from the "unfair" list 
during the past week. 

RWG strike is directed again.<it < 
agencies ' and': Independent pro- : 
: ducers who ha^vc refused to- accept . 
agreements similar to those in ef- .: 
feet with^the four major networks^ 
Recenf talks between the Radio : 
and Television Directors Guild and; 
the ABC network regarding the: 
union's desire for. a contract cover- 
ing the web's television directors; 
associate directors and floor man?, 
agers in New .York have . al,s«i 
As a result^ . 
members of the N. Y. local voted; 
Monday night (1) full authorization 
to the RTDG council to "take sucli, 
deemed necessary, in- 



BridgeportrConn.i Nov. 2. | 
New England School of Radio 
f Broadcasting here has tossed a 
plan to the British Broadcasting reached a stalemate 
I Corp. which might . result: eventu- 
ally in An exchange of radio stu- 
dents between the two countries. 

Local institution has forwarded j action as _ „ . 

a suggestion, as a starter, to BBC eluding the calling of a strike 
that an exchange of program ideas, I Guild claims .100% membership 
scripts, logs and even personal let- i among ABC-TV's dlvectors, as.socl- 
tefs be established between the ' ate directors and floor managers, 
students here and those in Eng- ! According to guild spokesmen, 
land. Neil S. Robinson, super- j however, ABC takes the stand that 
visor of the school here, suggested the- directors and floor managers 
that exchange of students would {are supervisory employees, and 
build a better understanding of ! therefore refuses to negotiate. : 
radio as it's operated in tlie two I RTDG has one TV agreement 
I countries. ' thus far, with CBS. 



24 



TRUBVKSIOIV 



Wetlnetday, November 3, 194B 



ANYTHING GOES ON FOR 6 MONIVS, 
THEN VIEWERS START TO GET FUSSY 



By GEORGE ROSEN 4 

• The' average television viewer, 
once the novelty aspect wears off, 
becomes more selective in his taste. 
. During the initial weeks of his "in- 
doctrination" into video he watches 
practically anything. After about 
six months, if he doesn't lilce what 
he sees, it's a pretty safe bet he'll 
turn his set off altogether. 

Ohe'of the significant revelations 
in this cross-section poll of tele* 
vision set owners, completed on be- 
half of Variety by Pulse, Inc., ac- 
cents that, in contrast to the 72.85'o 
Wlio frankly acknowledge that they 
*'used to watch regai-dless of pro- 
gram," only 42 6Cfc of these same 
set owners now admit to "watching 
anyhow" after the novelty has 
worn off. 

This selectivity facet among set 
owners conditioned to television as 
« pei-manent fixture in their homes 
Is but one of many conclusions un- 
earthed as a result of a specially- 
inade Pulse survey for Vabiety. 
The various aspects of this study 
will be treated in a series of three 
articles of which this is the first. 
They ;show definite patterns of TV 
listening habits, and as such, it is 
hoped, will be of interest to show ! 
business. Three patterns should ' 
give a definite indication on even- 1 
tual film and theatregoing habits. < 

Adding 30,000 Monthly ' 

This Pulse sample is one of the ' 
most representative surveys yet 
: made, -embracing a total of 258 
home set owners in Greater New 



Present Loyalty to Tele 

If you can't find my tele- 
vision programs to your liking j : 
do you turn off the set or do 
you watch one of the pro- 
grams anyhow? 

No, % 

Turn off TV set if 
no program liked, 146 56.6 

Watch anjhow 110 42.6 

Don't know 2 ,8 

Total Respondents, . 258 100 



Past Loyalty to Tele 

7)1 ihe past did you use to 
view, regardless of what was 
on? 

No. '^'o 

Did not watch pro- 
grams not liked. . 66 25.6 

U.sed to watch re- 
gardless of pro- 
gram 188 72.8 

Don't know 4 1.6 

Total Respondents.. Z5& tOO 



97.6% Say 'Buy It' 

: Woitld . you advise ■ your- 
friends to buy a television set? 

No. '"o 
Would recommend . 252 97.6 

Would not 4 1.6 

Don't know 2 .8 

Total respondents 258 100.0 



. ' ir-r' ' ; „i ,1,1 ' ' , 111 l as t 

. York and covers 10 areas, including t 
the five boroughs, also Nassau and I 
Westchester Counties, and Hudson,:! 
Bergen and Essex Counties in New 
Jersey, The opinions' tabulated 
take in all economic and ; age | 
brackets. The survey further re- 
veals that of the 600,000 sets now 
ccattered throughout the television 
markets in the U. S., approximate- 
ly lialf, or something over 300,000, 
are in and around Greater . few 
York. Home installations are be- 
: Ing made at tlie rate of nearly 30,- 
000 monthly In the New York area 
alone, a figure in itself which has 
startling overtones, for at a clip of 
almost 1,000 home installations a 
day around N. Y., here's the definite 
thncher on T'^^'s bigtune expansion. 
To arrive at the most exacting 

' data ..po.ssible as to how television 
listening habits will ultimately 
shape up, the poll was spotlighted 
on those who have had their sets 
at least six months. The break- 
down on Greater New York home 
set ownei-ship is as lollows: 
Those having their sets one year 
; or more, 85o; nine months to one 
j'ear, 8%; six months to nine 
months,' 24%; three to six months, 
42^ri, and less than three months, 
1890. Thus, with 58Cc of TV home 
«et owners still within the "first 
nix months" bracket, televising for 
the maiority has yet to really 
emerge from its^novelly stage. 

; Loyalty Listcnins; 

Pulse excursions into TV trends 
elsewhere around the couiitry re- 
veal' that, 'cilthoUgli ,(he VARrExV 

■ sample wa.s-, held ivithih the Gi'eat-" 
er New York area, il rcllcci.s the 
same attitudes and opinions among 
viewers in Boston, J^hiladelphia, 

■Washington, Baltimore, Cliicago, 
etc, 

To be noted is that while 146 set 
owners, or 56.6'?o, of the 258 poll 
respondents admit they would not 
hesitate to now turn off their sets 
If not finding a program they like, 
42.6^0 say they continue to look, 
no matter what programs are on, 
This reveals a strong sense of loy-;, 
ally toward the new medium, fur? 
ther reflected in the fact that, 



when.; asked if they would advise 
their: friends to buy a television 
set; 97% of all respondents : an- 
swered "yes." 

Tied in with any viewer's exer- 
cise of selectivity, of course, ;is .the 
increase in programming over the = 
past year and the advance in quali- 
ty of entertainment. If, as the sur- 
vey bears out, 56% now turn off 
their TV sets because they "no 
like," it's also, because today they 
know that there will be another 
program in; a few minutes moi'e to 
their taste. ' Even six months ago 
they had little or no. choice but the 
novelty aspect lulled their discrim- 
ination. 

The fact that there still are 42''o 
who will ''watch anyhow" reveals 
the viewers' faith, in television 
based on the constantly changing 
and improved programming struc- 
ture, plus a desire to have tele vi- 
sion fill their entdrtainraent needs. 
They'i'e willing to stay with it' be- 
cause of the expectancy of better 
things to come. 

/Favorite Proerams 

Between April and August of 
this year there was an increase of 
28% in the total hours of TV pro- 
gramming on New York stations, 
and the types of programs: show-^ 



cased are mainly following the 
trend revealed by the viewers' 
likes and dislikes. For example, 
I7,5?o of those polled in this sur- 
vey expressed a preference for.fear 
ture films, and between last April 
and August there was an 18% in- 
crease in pictures presented on TV, 
Shnilarly, it would appear that the 
televiewer has been surfeited with 
news -programs and that the sta" 
tions have been arranging their 
program formats accordingly. On 
the question of favorite type of pro- 
gram, only 2.3% registered a pref 
ei'ence for news. On the air only 
a 2' b increase in' video time was 
allotted to news programming. The 
trend is also seen in the recent Up- 
.sui-ge in dramatic programming, 
particularly Sunday nights with the 
Philco Playhouse, Ford Theatre, 
.'Vctors' Studio shows. A total of 
19'.'(! of those polled listed drama 
and' plays as their favorite program 
type, topped; only by the viewer 
preference for the variety-comedy 
program. Th6 exact percentage on 
the vaudeo shows and; the favorite 
program question in general, will 
be discussed in another article 
based on this survey. 

■ Nix-on. -News 

If the interest in news programs 
:v 'ts an almost overwhelming nix, 

the poll suggests, the blame can 
probably be traced to the failure o£ 
television to achieve an attractive 
patterp and, formula: in news-com- 
mentary technique for the video 
mediuniv Despite the emphasis put 
on news programming by all New 
York tele stations, it is conceded 
within and outside the trade that 
not one stanza has as yet fully 
emerged whieh; is television's own 
hi patterns' and execution. On the 
other hand, give the viewer a well- 
produced dramatic program, and 
his appetite is whetted for more; 
The answer is found in the moimt- 
ing ratings for dramatic fare. If, 
too. the audience clamors for more 
variety programming, as ' will be 
indicated by the poll, it's because 
111 "Texaco Star Theatre" and 
"Toast of the Town" viewers like 
what is being presented and how 
it's presented. 

Length of the avei'age television 
sitting; number of viewers per ses- 
! sion, along with other trends in TV 
habits, will be discussed in the next 
; installment of this Pulse -survey, to 
' be published next week. :: 



Midwest TV Medico Clinic 

. Omahai Nov, 2, 
First important television test 
was made here: during the'recent 
Midwest Clinic attended by many 
doctors from the midwest and 
some from diittant points. 

It is also believed that this was 
the first televised medical clinic 
of its kind, WOW had two cam- 
eras at St. Joseph's hospital and 
screens were set up in the society's 
convention rooms. Engineers put 
receivers at advantageous points 
and reception was excellent. 



ELGIN-AMERICAN'S 
2-HR. TURKEY SPREAD 

The traditional two-hour, all-star 
spreads on radio at Thanksgiving 
and Christmas: are to have a coun- 
terpart in TV this year. Elgin- 
American, sponsor of the Groucho 
M8r.x Show on ABC,, will baukroll 
a two-hour Thanksgiving revue of 
top Music Corp. of America acts 
on the ABC-TV network. 

Live .show will be aired on the 
eastern network Nov. 25 and kine- 
scope recordings wilt be flown to 
Chicago for piping to the midwest 
hookup the following Monday, 
Nov. 29. 

Such stars as Georgia Gibbs and 
Phil Silvers are' being booked, by 
ABC producer Burke Crotty. Re- 
vue will originate, from the web's 
Ritz theatre, N. Y., and is being 
touted by the net as the biggest 
star array since W.JZ-TV's premiere 
reprise o».' old Palace vaude days. 

Show vvon.'t buck the competitive 
AM splurge.?, by Elgin Watches on 
NBC and by Wrigley on CBS, both 
of which are slotted in afternoon 
hours. 



Poor Richard Award For 
Inventor of TV Scanner 

Philadelphia, Nov. 2. 

Dr. Vladimir K. Zworykin, in- 
ventor of the electronic scanner, 
will be the ne,xt recipient of the 
annual Poor Richard Gold Medal 
Award, v 

The presentation will be made 
.Ian. 17. 1949. with ceremonies held 
in tire Franklin Institute, a pro- 
gram designed to foster observance 
of Franklin's birthday. 

Zworykin, veepee and technical 
consultant at the RCA Labora- 
tories Division, Princeton, N: J,, is 
also the inventor of tlie icono- 
scope, which was replaced last May 
by another of his. inventions, the 
orthicon tube, both which are em- 
ployed in television camera.s. 




Results of 
Survey of TV Viewers 



Will the 3.26 hold up when Television hits its stride? 

If so, how mu.ch will it contribute toward changing family 
patterns and habits? 

What effect will television's 3.26 have on future f ilmgoing 
habits, on radio listening, and on conversational pieces? 

(Plus More Questions and Answers] 



Second InstoUment Next Week 



Can't Yet Gauge 
TVs Inroads On 
Show Biz-Katz 

Television today may be cutting . 
deeply into other forms of show 
biz, but any attempt to predict that 
the same situation will exist in the , 
future is extremely shortsighted. 
That warning was sounded last 
week by CBS research director 
Oscar Katz, who emphasized that 
TV is still "young, fluid, unpredict- 
able in many a.spects ot its 
growth," and that tele research 
must take this into account. 

Speaking at the seventh annual : 
luncheon of Pulse, Inc.. at the 
' Hotel Biltmore, N. Y„ Katz re- 
ferred to the interest now being 
placed in tele's effects on l aduj . 
listening, newspaper and magazine 
I'eading, film attendance, etc. "Let 
me assure you that I appreciate 
the importance of keeping abrea-st 
of developments in these areas," ! 
he said. ''I have no quarrel with 
such research as "long as it is in- 
terpreted as descriptive research. ■ 
That is, as long as it is used to 
indicate present status in a chang- ■ 
ing situation^ 

"But, I think that we are being 
shortsighted, even a bit panicky, 
if we . treat research of this : kind 
as predictive research, and if Ave 
let it occupy the center of re- 
search attention. : 

"We must remember that these 
genei'al . considerations linking 
i television to family life and to 
I other media are exactly the ones 
Hhat are most likely to be unstable' 
j and transitory. Television will take 
1 its place in the communications 
i family; It will affect, and it will be 
I affected by, its companion media, 
i But we must not contuse the at- 
I tention which the infant convmands 
I with his future adult role . in the 
I family." 

I Hpon.sors Should Experiment 
I Other pertinent points offered 
jby Katr. 

I 1, It wotild be unwise for a re- 
searcher- to urge advertisers to. 
I choo.se TV programs ba.sed on eur- 
: rent program - typ^ preferences. 
I Thus, in selecting a show format, 
I an advertiser "may need an ex* 
perimental attitude more than' he 
needs surveys." 

2. The three older N. Y. TV sta- 
tions (WABD, WCBS-TV and 
WNBTl are about equal with re- 
gard to picture quality. Pcrconlage; 
of viewers reporting good recep- 
tion for the three are 90, 87 and 
80, as compafed to 87, 52 and 40 
a year ago. 

3. Type of tele .: audience is 
changing as the medium expands, 

I with research lndicatin,g the audi.- 
I once "will undergo changes, not 
l Only in mere size, and not only m 
r socio-economic structure, but also 
I in.other,. more subtle ways." 
j 4. Unlike radio, which interests 
I more women proportionately than 
i.mcn, 91% of a: group of lamiliBS 
i interviewed reported men niost in- 
i terested in TV. "I don't know yet 
I to what extent this groalei- inler- 
1 est on the part of men is a tem- 
! porary phenomenon," Kuiz said. 
I "It may be that television still has ' 
rn gadget appeal. Or it may be due ; 
i to the 'specific programming now 
, available. Or it miglit turn out to 
I be a permanent situation. At any 
rate, this characteristic : ot the 
audience will, bear watcliing." 



WGN-TV Sheds ASCAP 

Chicago, Nov, 2. 

Uncertainties about .ASC.\P's 
pending: position on TV riglvl.s were 
resolved by the Chicago Tribune's 
WGN-TV lai3t week when its man- 
agement decided that onl.v HiMI 
and PD tunes would be u^-cd al'dr 
Nov. 1. Other telccasters hci'c give 
no indication of following suit. 

In making the brc-.ik Frank 
Schreiber, manager ot WGN and 
WGN-TV, said simplj, "Wc it go- 
ing to try to operate without 
ASCAP tunes." WGH-TSr .Miow.s 
mo.st likely to be hamporod bv llic 
policy include "Club Tflcvision" 
and an amateur hour. "Stars of 
Tomorrow." 

WGN-TV has an affiliation pact 
uith the DuMonl Netwoik. 



' Kl Paso— Frank .lunnell, Soiilh- 
wpst Network director ol St.ilion 
Relations, has.rc<,igne(l liis po>,L lo 
; become assistant • to the pi e/, of 
■Texas Technological College al 
I Lubbock. Robert Canavan, new.'-- 
editor of KROD, will a.ssunie most 
of the duties of Junneli. 



Wednesday, Weyember 8, 194g-. 



PSriett 



THLKVISIOlir 25 



NBCS PROGRAM BID VS. AGENCIES 



Prep Coast TV Workshop fw Fihn 
Indnstry Use on Profit ^lit Basb 



Hollywood, Nov. 2. ♦ 
■ Hollj'wood'S first large studio 
television workshop for the use 
of film industryites is being 
mapped at Motion Picture Center 
Studio bv managing director 
Charles L." Glett. Service studio's 
complete resources will be avail- 
able to some of the tele film- 
makers on a deferred profit par- 
ticipation basis. _ 

Blueprints are now being drawn 
UP whereby Stage. 7 will be trans- 
formed into tele film headquar- 
ters for the nine-stage lot. Regular 
film-makfirs Who want to try their 
hand at making tele pix will be 
invited to use facilities of the stu- 
dio, including administrative, ac? 
counting, timekeeping, purchasing, 
$et construction, electrical mamte- 
ndnce, scenic art^ transportation, 
projection, sound equipment and 
caiiieifasi Permanent personnel — ; 
production management, engineers, 
electricians, carpenters, painters 
and stagehands— will be available 
for tlie video film producers. 

Plans call for erecting a mez- 
zanine in the 45-foot-bigh stage to 
quarter production offices, includ- 
ing rooms for writers, cutting 
rooms and projection room. Lower 
floor will be divided into two or 
three sfeparate stages for shooting. 



DuMont's Day Payoff 

DuMont's daytime program-* 
ming over • WABD (N. YJ, 
which , was launched Monday 
. (1), is already operating at a 
profit. Sales chief Humboldt 
J. Greig reported yesterday 
(Tues.) that revenue exceeded 
the additional cost of opera- 
tion by 20% on the first day. 

Sterling Drug, in its first TV 
venture, has bought the half- 
hour Dennis James show, aired 
across-the-board in the 1 to 
1:30 p.m. slot. Other strips al- 
ready bought include the Stan 
Shaw half-hour, Ted Steele 
quarter-hour, Vincent Lopez 
and Ralph Dumke, and Andrea 
News, 



Reels to Fight 
Nix by Sports 



All-out fight' is now brewing be- 



SEEKS TO RULE 
mm. FIELD 

In a concerted effort to stave off 
the ad agencies' takeover of tele- 
vision programming, NBC has em-' 
barked on an, all-out tele packag- 
ing venture, bringing in three film 
and radio experts from Hollywood, 
to join in the fight. Various shows 
featuring Jane Pickens, Robert 
(Believe - It - Or - Not) Ripley, and 
Reilly Health Institute, N.Y., and 
others are already being whipped 
into shape for submission to ^pros^. 
pective bankrollers. 

While many of the costliest 
shows now sponsored on the NBCt 
TV web are agency packages, NBC 
officials are determmed that the I 
web won't be pushed any further 
out of the packaging door, Behind 
their thinking is the present situa- 
tion in radiOi- in which the agencies 
control practically all the top- 
bankroUed shows. CBS-TV, which 
has already attained considerable! 
success in radio packaging, has al- 
ready applied the same formula 
to tele and. NBC's new emphasis 
on show production indicates the 
' webs' emphasis on program con- 
, trol. 

! With the exception of the biggest 
agencies, in fact; most of the ad 



CBS Pays $mOOO for 2-Year TV 
Distiib Rights on 52 ^tish Pix 



TVi Top 10 

(Hooper Oct. Aeport) - 

Program 
Prorram Station rating 
Texaco Theatre ,. WNBT 63.2 
Toast of Town. WCBS-TV 53.0 

We, the People 

WCBS-TV 43.8 
Amateur Hour... WABD 35.6 
Bigelow Show .... WNBT 32.7 

• Small Fry WABD 26.5 

Kraft WNBT 23.7 

. Chevrolet on Broadway . 

WNBT 22.4 
Gulf Road Show WNBT 19.2 
Stop Me... WNBT 18.8 



. ' GBS, plans to buy Raytheon 
iVIahufaeturing's Boston television 
statiop eases only ■slightly, the hot 
cbiripetitive isituatiott: Still brewiftg 
for Hub TV outlets. Under plans 

4„ „ 4.^,^„'„.-„ „„,..^-AAi„ 1 " ^. i. , , i revealed in Wiashington this week 

tween television newsreels and I representatives tavor the networks' by Raytheoii, CBS would give up 

lux^^ o I promoters of sports and special | package plans, according to NBC- Ijts application for a Boston station 

Stage, in short, will be a vest- events over the latter's persistent ' V*if Norman B ackbum Few ^ the FCC okays the purcTiase. 



CBS'250GHub 
Buy Via Raytheon 



pocket edition of an entire major 
sttidio. While availing themselves 
of studio facilities, production 
crews won't interfere with the reg 
tilar " operation of the studio 
pix being made for theatres by 
Harry Popkin, Equity Pictures, 
Screen Plays and otheis headquar- 
tered there. 
Glett expects to have the setup 
(Continued on page 31) 



. , , -i i,u 1 i of the smaller agencies, Blackburn Anklin^ nf CR.S frnm thp li«it nf 

refusal to permit the reels toi^^i^. .^^^d to set uo the re- fp"pSts however still leles 



Canadian Tele 
Stalled Again 



said, can afford to set up the re 
cover the events. Film outfits, in-. quired special TV department tij 
eluding Telenews, Fox Movietone produce shows for their clients, 
on and the WPIX (N. Y.) syndicated > , Networks have built complete 
' reel, won the first round last week staffs for just such work, according 
when they finally obtained per-,to '^J^'^^^"™' and are thus m a 
mission to cover the speeches of "^^^^ better position 
President Truman and Gov. Dew- 1 
ey from Madison Sq. Garden, N. Yi j 
Situation marked the first time i 
that the. competing reels had" 
joined forces to fight for a coin- j 
mon cause, • 

At the seat of - the: trouble is the ', 
promoters* fear that assignment 
of telefilm coverage of events 
might eventually ruin their 
chances of selling rights for in- 
i stantaneous TV coverage. They 
j have no objection to coverage by 



much better position to build 
shows. Greater amount- of time 
and effort required to stage tele i 
shows than radio programs has 
also caused some ; of the bigger 
(Continued on page 34) 



seven bidding for tlie three re- 
maining channels. 
. Raytheon station, wiiich was 
granted under a construction per- 
: (Continued on page 31) 



iW)0O,0O(l TV SETS 
BY 1958: COSGROVE 

,V, Boston, Oct. 28. 
Raymond C. GosgrOve, fexecutive 
vice president Of the Avco Mahu- 
facturing Corp., ■ predicted . hei-e j 
this week that there would -be 
40,000,000 television gets in Ahierir | 
cdh homfes before 1958 Witli a total. ; 
regular audience of 100,000,000. ■■■ .• I 
"Televisioh : is. groiying jlibnfclu- j 
sively into an eleineht of prihuary i 
importance in our entire national 

vnadian Broadcasting Co. drew aiifve tefe. tv reels; On their side; I simultaneously on a video receiver, economy," Cosgrove stated at the 
blank in Ottawa last Friday (29) | aver that air such events are in the I Rodney Pantages is setting up 20tH Boston Conference on Distri- 
when board cliairman A. D. Dun- , public interest and a ban on their ' two eight-foot-v\ide TV screens at bution. Inside 10 years video 
ton asked for a delay "to make i coverage bv any means of public either end of the stage where would be in every home because 
as full a study as possible of this | information would constitute an video show is telecast each Tues- of lower prices, volume production 
most important question of tele- i infringement of freedom of the day night. Patrons will be able to and engineering, but it has already 
Vision." 1 press. . I view the program ; in action or on i profoundly influenced the eco- 

Four applications came from ex- r^y^ ^ggig overcame the objec- the vid screen. Cameras which pan I nomic habits of millions of Ameri- 



Montreal, Nov. 2. j theatrical reels, but consider the 
The long-awaited meeting with ^ggig processed especially for TV 



THEATRE AUDIENCE 
SEES SELF ON TELE 

Hollywood. Nov. 2. 
Pantages theatre audiences will 
have an opportunity to watch the 
KTLA television shou, ''So This Is 



♦ CBS television has bought full 
telefilm distribution rights for two 
years to a group of 52 British fea< 
tures imported to the U. S. by Hoi- . 
lywood talent agent Eddie Sher-' 
man and Harry Fox, agent and 
trustee for various music publish- 
ers in synchronization and me- 
chanical rights. CBS paid $100,000 
for the films, all turned out by 
indie British producers, against a 
percentage of the gross. 

Shermati and Fox reportedly i 
bought 100 British pictures in all 
for tele use in this country and 
abroad, sewing up exclusive TV., 
rights to them for five years. Fox's 
interest in tlie, venture is note- 
worthy, since he's now represent- 
ing American music publishers in 
negotiations, with tele broadcasters 
over music rights on tele film tran- 
scriptions. No such problem willV 
arise as far as the British-made ; 
films are concemedk • 
Most of the films bought by CBS v 
were produced by British Pathe , 
and Associated Film Producers. ' 
They . feature the earlier efforts of 
such British stars as James Mason, : 
Grade Fields, Ann Todd, etc. CBS 
plans to syndicate them, to - other ; 
stations throughout the country, 
but will: probably reserve th6m for 
use by its own stations and af- 
filiates in most cities. Web thus , 
joins NBC as a telefilm distributor. ; 
All rights revert to Sherman at the 
end of the two-year period. 

Agent, while in England, .also- 
grabbed up a number of single* 
reelers. These are supposedly 
ideal . for advertisers, since they : 
run only eight to 10 minutes. Sher- , 
man wrapped up the deal with the : 
British producers during several: 
trips to England this summer. 
Willie he's now dickering for other 
telefilm rights, he's continuing liis 
other activities. Tliis week, he 
took over booking for the Carman 
theatre, Philadelphia, from the ' 
Arthur Fisher agency. 



the board of governors of the Ca- ■ ag being in direct competition with | Hollywood," and \ie\y themselves 



Isting Canadian stations and all 



The 
tion of 



overcame 
Garden officials 



[ the audience for reaction occasion- ; can buyers. "By 1958," he said,"it 



51"* one expressed ^willingness^ to | eoTerage"o7The presidential | il,:?f.1^:!='l'ill,l?J^^H|?^„iiV^L'':^ I «ood 



WBKB Primed For 
'Operation Blad' 

Chicago, Nov. 2. 
John Balaban, secy-treasurer of 
the Balaban & Katz theatre chain 
here and director of its video ven- 
ture, WBKB, last week reported 
the station might reach the break- 
even point by Spring. There's . a 



— — — - „ I uuvciuKc uj. iiic i,it.3iuv;tii,n.i ..ci. I ,, - , , ,, • , , , ,, :. ... . , , .„ , , i Kuuu chancc, lie sald, that B&K 

go ahead immediately %\ith the didates' speeches, which had been they look on the tele-tube if tliey television ind^^^ be the first TV license 

building of television ' stations u„^pd on the Garden's reluctance '"r" their heads to glance at the such an extent that it becomes a 

With 'imited funds, CBC cannot ^ precedent. Reels are also I receiver. I key factor in world economy." 

at tlie moment compete with the priming their fight for coverage of 
private stations. Should the gov- j^^yy football games, now denied 



ernment go ahead with plans in them. According to reel of- 
the immediate future, it is esti- finals, the Navy, including its foot- 
niated that the Canadian listener j^gll team, is supported by tax- 
would have to pay $45 lor a tele- payers* money and Navy games 
vision license compared to the ^j^us represent events of public in- 
$2 50 di irge now in foite. I terest. Reels are also fighting for 

Several television sets are in coverage of state university foot- 
use in Toijonto, which has access ball games on the same premise. 

to the Buffalo outlets. Montreal.] . — . 

because of distance from available ] 

wS'Lf " ''"^ KTSL DOUBLES SPONSORS 

, During tlie. application meeting, 
the Canadian Marconi Co. and the 
Transportation Advertising Co. of 
Toronto, asked for permission . to 
put on FM station programs for 
use in streetcars and buses. 



IN SPAN OF 3 MONTHS 



I Hollywood, Nov. 2. 

I Don Lee's KTSL has Increa.sed 
its sponsors 103'^, bince Aug 1 of 
I this >ear and has had a dollar vol- 
I ume increase Of 27lVe during the 
I same period, 

KTSL now has three sponsored 



G 

start 



Ready Production of 26 

II „ • in I If 1 • I shows weekly: "Touchdown," spon- 
AmeriCan Tobacco YidpiX , sored by star outfitting Co ; Xele- 
Hollvwood Nov 2 'news," thrice weekly program 
^.ranl-Real."° Pactions" will ' sponsored ^^otorola and "PHnie 
^ rt shooting first of 26 television , R/bbing" f«f . V'^'^^ L K Ward 
films for American Tobacco in mid- ' P^cks up the al^. The Old Gold 
November. Production firm rolls Amateur Hou i, a DuMont kmc 
•em at Hal Roach studios. ^cope f oi\S'^\5^-taraice rTght^ 

in.-the :rmliie^:^!^!^t' ■ '. ":■ V ■ /: \' 
' Station now bdasts 10 different 
ispot sponsors duriiig the week's 
teieeastihg %hich ainounts to bet- 
ter than 20 spots videod per stanza. 
J oci lu iimiai.^ KTSL is Currently airing 20 
tlie entire 'serieT. "Cast will' differ hours per week as against 15 dur: 
tliroughout the 26 pix, ling the first part of August. 



Necklace." which production unit 
made as an audition reel, is cur- 
rently being lengthened to 30-min- 
utes. Tole-pic was made as a 15- 
minute shot for sponsor-viewing 
purposes as a sales talk. 
Aillmr . Shields is set to narrate 




holder in the country to shed the 
red ink. 

Balaban said that WBKB's air 
time is now more: than 75% spon- 
sored. Current weekly losses, he.: 
disclosed, are between $5,000 and :: 
$6,500, indicating that the addition 
of sponsored programs equal, to 
that amount would usher in. even- 
steven bookkeeping. Operating 
losses have decreased as much as 
$750 per -week in the la,st two 
tnonths, said Balaban, following: 
adoption of business methods used 
by the B&K chain. 

By the end of this year, he said, 
B&K's total 'outlay for tele 
since WBKB . was experimentally 
launched in 3941 will total $3,700,- 
000. ■ Current . improvements : in 
facilities and equipment, exclusive 
of a new transmitter, will cost 
more than $100,000. A Paramount 
tcletran.scription recorded to be 
(Continued on page 31) 



FRANK SILVERNADL 

Exectitiv* In Chargt: of Radio Tim* Buying 
BATTEN, BARTON, DURSTINE A 08B0RN, Ino. 

"II You don't read VAPJETY, You are not In radio or television." 



Vick Chemical Buys 

Wendy Barrie Show 

' "Picture This," tele show star- 
, ring Wendy Barrie and guest car- 
, toonists, will be sponsored by 
j Vick Chemical, at 8:20-8:30 p.m. 
I Wednesday.s, starling Nov 10, on 
WNBC-TV. Otto Soglow will be tiie 
first guest. Al Garry will write 
the show, with the cartoonists ex- 
ecuting picture-ideas submitted by ' 
listeners. 

Kay Roberts, of Fenton Produc- 
tions, sold the package. 



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TBKEVI^ION 



Wednesilay, November S, 1948 



Wolf sw-Meyer llieatres in Bid 
To Solve VTV J (Mianu) Coin Troubles 



Miami, Nov. 2. 

Special hearings by tlie FCC on 
financial structure of proposed 
WTVJy for which the commission 
had issued a permit to construct 
and then rescinded the order on a 
charge: of change in backers with- 
out being notified, took place here 
last week, when Bobert Venn, gen- 
cral manager and veepee of the 
operating company which had ap? 
: pliedi .filed an appeal against the 
aecition. 

With FGC vice chairman Paul 
Walker receiving testimony and 
commission attorney Walter Nel- 
son handling cross-questioning, the 
nearings revealed that: 
: Venn, general manager of the 

tputhent Badio and Television 
quipment Co., denied any change 
In the financial <8etup which had 
led to the FCC revocation of the 
permit. Venn said he was forced 
to seek new backing when E. N. 
Claughton <Claughton theatres- 
t'lorida) showed "disiiiterest" in 
the video company. In 1947, Venn 
(aid, Claughton > sought to with- 
draw and asked for return of $193," 
DOO in checks which Claughton had 
posted for a 32% interest in the 
station. He added that the checks 
were held for months^ at Claugh- 
ton's request. 

The Claughton checks were re* 
turned when the Wolfson-Meyer 
(Wometco) Theatre Enterprises, 
Inc., offered to purchase control 
of the video corporation, early in 
1948. Then, Venn stated, he filed 
•n amended application with the 
.FCC.'.- • 

Subsequently, Venn was em- 
; ployed by the Wolfson-Meyer in- 
terests to work with proposed sta- 
tion WMIE <AM), which Is now in 
operation and the most powerful 
independent station in the area. 
Venn is veepee and general man- 
ager. 

Mitchell Wolfson testified that 



his company had invested or com- 
mitted more than $300,000 in the 
television station. If permitted to 
take control, his company. Wolf- 
son added^ is prepared to undergo 
financial losses. 

Wolfson insisted that informa- 
tion on his company's plans was 
filed with the FCC soon after ne- 
gotiations were ended early this 
year. 

Further testimony brought out 
that Claughton had withdrawn his 
financial support of the proposed 
station after the original applica- 
tion for permit had been filed. De- 
cision to witiidraw came, when he 
: lost interest because of shrinkage 
in stock values in 1947. He re- 
vealed also, that he had notes in 
the amount of $1,250,000 with New 
York banks. 

, Appealing in behalf of distribu- 
tors of television sets in this area, 
Harold Friedman said that more 
than $1,000,000 invested in sets by 
distributors was threatened . by the 
cancellation of the permit. 

If FCC approves the transfer 
and restores the permit^ Venn will 
become general manager of WTV Ji 
with Clyde Lucas, former name 
band leader, in charge of produc- 
tion. 

Decision by the FCC is under 
advisement. 



Syracnse Sets Its Yideo 
Sights for Dec. Preem 

Syracuse, Kov. t. 

Television will (^me to Syracute 
In December if plans of the Mere- 
dith Syracuse Television Corp. 
come through. Main obstacle is 
getting equipment, here and in- 
stalled, officials say. 

The corporation last week 
bought the Cine>rSimplex Corp. 
building to house transmitters, 
studios and bushiest offices. The 
structure has 17,220 sq. ft. of floor 
space and already has over $40,000 
worth of electrical wiring and 
apparatus. 

New Syracuse company, sub- 
sidiary of the Meredith Co. of 
Iowa, publishers of Better Homes 
and Gardens magazine^ already 
has been assigned a call number 
and frequency channel. Now pend* 
hig before the FCC and CAA is a 
request to erect a SOO-foot sending 
tower, 



Hub Tele Bowls 'Em 

Boston, Nov. 2. 

Subs, always big for sports, gets 
a new TV offering this week with 
the first local videoing of bowling. 

Thursday evening show out of 
WBZ-TV to feature matches be^ 
tween top commercial teams, first 
one between: the . John Hancock 
Insurance team and: that of LeVer 
Bros. Westinghouse station is offer- 
ing five Individual trophies during 
the season. Telecasts are between 
10 and 11 p.m. 



■■ Andrea; Radio signed to sponsor 
"Camera Headlines" over WABD 
(DuMont, N. Y.). Show is one of 
the 10-minute news shows featured 
in the station's new daytime pro- 
gramming schedule. 

Polaroid Television Fitters inked 
to sponsor : half of all Thursday 
evenmg : wrestling matches cov- 
ered by DuMont from Park Arena. 
Gayton, Inc., is the agency. 
. Jays Potato GhipSi through Kauf- 
man '& Associates, will sponsor 15<- 
minute "Daffy Derby" weekly on 
WBKB, Chi, starting Nov. 10. Ernie 
Simon, disk jock, will emcee. 

National Plywoods, Inc., through 
MacDonald-Cook Co., banlcrolling 
15 - minute "Second : Guessers" 
weekly on WENR-TV, Chi, starting 
Nov. 7. 

Bulova Watch, through. Blow Co.; 
has renewed its 28 weekly time 
signals on WGN-TV, Chi. 

BVD Corp., through Grey Adv. 
Agency, has renewed its sked of 
tliree weekly weather reports for 
26 weeks on WGN-TV. Cri. 



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WTIC's 10,000 walti repreicntcd nationally by WMd k C«. 




New York 

"This Thing Called Love" for 
Philco on NBT next Sunday will 
star Ralph Bellamy, and will in- 
clude Peggy Conkltn, Ann Lee, 
Hope Miller, Marts Linden and 
Ernest Cossart . . . 

Producer leny Fairbanks back to 
the Coast over tiie weekend to roll 
three new series of films for NBC- 
TV, after two weeks of huddles 
with NBC execs in N, Y. , . . Num- 
ber of tele sets installed in Milwau- 
kee now totals 7,000. bistead of the 
6,000 originally reported by the 
NBC research bureau . ; . Indus- 
trial Television introing a new line 
of- home video sets at its Clifton, 
N. J., offices today (Wed.) . . . 
Robert L. Huehes, formerly with 
the ad and publicity departments 
of the N. Y. Daily News, named 
eastern regional business manager 
for Television Research Institute 
. . , Assn. of Documentary and 
Television Film Cameramen, wliich 
Robert Flaherty serves as honorary 
president, : launching a nationwide 
membership : drive to, further its 
labor union activities . . . Edmund 
Chester, CBS-TV director of sports, 
news and special events, vacation- 
ing in Florida , . . Video Associates 
joined forces with Sturgis-Grant 
Productions to turn out low-priced, 
animated telefilms . . . NBC-TV's 
"Bigclow Show," starring mental- 
ist : Dunninger and ventriloquist 
Paul Winchell, now being kinescop- 
ed for delayed airing in Buffalo, 
Milwaukee, Cincinnati, St. Louis 
and Detroit . . . Rouben Mamoulian 
Scheduled as guest speaker at the 
American Television. Society's 
monthly luncheon next Tuesday 
(9) at the Hotel Astor . . . Raymond 
W. Rodtrcrs, until now assistant 
chief engineer for WFIL-TV (Phila- 
delphia) named acting chief engin- 
eer of WDTV, DuMont's upcoming 
Pittsburgh tele outlet . . . Jolm 
W. Hundley, former acting director 
of CBS shortwave, shifting to CBS 
tele. 

Hollywood 

''Ford Theatre," television show 
being aired over CBS-TV, is getting 
telensing here by KTLA. Para- 
mount station will continue to tele- 
vise, the once monthly program 
until KTTV, GBS- Times station 
here gets under way . . • . Telecast 
of the Rose Parade, JaHi I over 
KLAG'TV will be sponsored by Los 
Angeles Federal Savings and Loan. 
Hoffman Radio Corp.: is picking up 
the tab for tele over KFI-TV and 
W. 3. Sloan over KTSL , . . "Tele- 
vision Examiner'' set as new show 
for KTSL. Program will be videod 
on alternate Saturdays starting (6) 
... Rudy Vallee shot a television 
film with the Red Caps at Larry 
Potter's Supper Club (1). Telefilm 
for Vallee Video firm traces Red 
Caps from days of handling bag- 
gage to present nltery act . . . Hal 
Roach^ Jr., has been appointed 
president of the Television Film 
Producers Association. Garl Dudley, 
has been set as v-p, Rudy Vallee as 
secretary, Roland Reed, treasurer 

j and Herb Strock* director of public 
relations . . . "It's a Living," At 

I Simmons tele-show lensed over 
KTSL lor the past four months has 
been dropped from the schedule: 
; . . jVIabel Todd's vid program 
"Mables Fables" will bow over 
KTLA Sunday, Nov. 14. Show is 
a 20-minute live dramatization of 
fairytales . . , Eugene Sharin, Am'^ 
fairytales . . . Eugen Sharini Am- 
bassador Films head, here dicker- 
ing for studio space for future vid- 
film production, Firm has complet- 
ed a series of 13 telctunepix with 
the Vienna Philharmonic Orch arid 
the Vienna Boys Choir for CBS- 
TV .. . Wallace Worsely has leit 
Metro after 15 years to join bis 
Amtelco. ; Productions with John 
Bowman. Teleflrm has just com- 
pleted 26-one minute commercials 
for I'aylor Automobile Co. Spots 
will be aired on KLAC-TV. 



Research reports that 72% of tele 
viewers here think that Dewey 
shows up better on video than 
Pres. Truman . . . Sun-Times tied 
up with WBKB for election returns 
while the Herald-American ■ serv- 
iced WENR-TV. WGN-TV got the 
tally from its parent org, the Chi- 
cago Tribuno, . . . Harold Isbell, 
vet of radio quizzers: and aud par- 
ticipationers, preemed "Spell with 
Isbell" on WGN-TV Tues. (26) . . . 
WNBQ may dispense with the usual 
opening night fanfare when it 
makes its formal bow early In Feb.^ 
debuting Instead with regular pro- 
grams . Jievf WBKB transmitter 
will be the tallest yet installed 
here, topping WENR-TV's stick 
sixty feet. 



Tele Projection From 
Theatre Balcony Best 
Of AH Systems Tested 

Theatres contemplating the in- 
stallation of full-screen television 
systems utilizing direct simul- 
taneous, projection will .probably 
find the best place to install the 
unit is directly in. front of the, 
balcony railing. That's the opinion 
of H. J. Schlafiy of the 20th-Fox 
tele engineering department, based 
on experiments conducted by the 
company to date. 

Pointing out that all theatre 
tele eqtiipment;. designed so far 
has specific limitations, Schlafiy 
said rear projection, which' would 
involve installation of the unit be- 
.liind the, screen, would be unwise 
since, too much of the all-precious 
light would be lost. Placing the 
projection units in the orchestra ■ 
or balcony, he said, would obstruct 
the view of too many seats. 20th 
has thus found : that the balcony 
railing installation is best because 
it requires removal of the least 
number of seats. 

For theatres without balconiesv 
Schlafiy declared, the: best system 
would be to install the unit" on a 
platform which could be raised and 
lowered into position from the 
ceiling by elevators. British have 
attempted permanent installations 
hung from the ceiling, but that 
idea isn't too good because it 
makes too difficult the sei-vicing 
of the units. 

With the system used to televise 
the Louis-Walcott fight from the 
Fox theatre, Philadelphia, last 
June, 20th found the best "throw" 
-^that is, distance from the projec- 
tor to the screen— is about 40 
feet, although : this could be 
stretched to 45 without too much 
loss. He pointed out that 20tli is 
continuing experiments with both 
instantaneous projection and the 
intermediate film method, .such as 
that used by Paramount. Answer 
to which system is better will de- 
pend on the technical quality of 
tile picture produced and CcpnomiC 
factors, he said. 



Chicago 



John Wehrheim, NBC assistant 
auditor,; has been upped to biz man- 
ager of the net's midwest tele de- 
partment . . . Sat. night' matches 
of the Chi Polo Assn. will be 
beamed via WENR-TV, starting, 
Nov. 13 . . . WNBQ made its first ' 
venture into live programming witli i 
local pickups of election returns 
Nov. 2. Station, operating on an 
experimental permit, began tele-' 
casts of "Philco Television Play- 
house" Sunday (31) via coax from 
Cleveland . . . RCA-Victor, sponsor,' 
of "Kukla, Fran and Ollie," is I 
publishing a four -page mimeo-| 
graphed promotional sheet, the: 
Kuklapolitan Courier." Sheet will ' 
be used as a merchandising aid ... ' 
TV set sales totaled 2,927 between 

?u^^^}P^^^ P<=t' 8. according to' 

the Chi Electric Assn On the' 

basis of 600 calls, Jay & Graham 



Baito's Third Tele 
Station (WAAM) Preems 

Baltimore, Nov, 2. 

Town's third TV signal hit the 
air yesterday (Mon.) when WAAM 
started projection of "Small Frv" 
at 7 p.m. Affiliated with ABC, 
station has also taken on DuMont, 
previously scanned by WMAR-TV, ' 
Sunpapers station now handling 
CBS exclusively. WBAL-TV is lied 
in with NBC. 

New station has built a plant 
approximating a cost of .$1,000,000 
and is under the general manager- 
ship of Norman C. Kal, Washington 
ad agency exec. Frederick L. All- 
man, owner of AM operations in 
Ilarrisonburg, Va., and Winter 
ilaven, Fla„ is exec veepee and 
Amand Grant, formerly with 
WBAL-TV is commercial manager. 



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TELEVISION 



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Inside Television 



Those mobile units blow hot and cold on their football assignments. 
A weelt ago from Ebbets Field CBS gave Manhattan grid fans the best 
look they've had at a game via video. The past Sunday (31) this same 
unit was missing too many plays on the same field. 

One reason for these muffs was a camera director with a restless 
iinger. He was so busy switching cameras (from a wide angle to a 
Closeup shot) that he kept catching the eloseup camera without the ball. 
Hencei neitiier the cameraman, the director, nor the viewer knew 
where the ball was and the play was over before they found it. This 
confusion could have been averted if the director had merely held on 
to the wide-angle view which saw the ball snapped. 
, Directors can make chumps of their football cameramen with close- 
ups. Blocked kicks, fake kicks, trick handoffs and laterals are too often 
lost to the televiewer because the cameraman has missed thfe ball. This 
Is due to the closeup lens and its narrow field of view, and the closer 
the narrower. The man at the tripod can't be blamed! It's tough to 
follow the ball through those view finders on the cameras. That the 
wide-angle shot protects the cameraman and is easier for the viewer 
doesn't seem to impress the directors. They evidently sit in the truck 
outside on the street, watch their monitors, fret about "mobility of 
action" and start pushing buttons. Meanwhile the ball is in play and 
cameraman and viewer are liaving fits ti"ying to find it. Maybe the 
directors will get straightened out when sponsors start to holler. 

Burr Tillstrom, whose puppeteering on WBKB telecasts of "Fran, 
Kukla and OUie" is mainly responsible for ranking the show as best 
In Chi video, has been sounded out by two nets on the matter of a 
switchover. Tillstrom currently is signed to a 39-week contract by 
Balaban & Katz, theatre chain owners of WBKB. Rival offers include 
network status for the series, which has been sponsored the last two 
years by JRCA-Victor. 



TAPLINGER'S TV SEWIIP 
OF AC BEAUTY PAG£ANT 

Television rights -to the annual; 
Atlantic City Beauty Pageant have 
been sewed up by Sylvan Tap^ 
linger, representing a TV produc- 
tion syndicate backed by film exec 
Robert S.. Taplinger. Formei' will 
serve, as consulting producer for 
all pageant TV shows and has 
started to peddle rights to pros- 
pective sponsors and broadcasters. 

Package : of fered to clients in- 
elude. complete pickups of the 
beauty parade, ' the elimination 
preliminaries and other -features of. 
tlie pageant. According to Tap-> 
linger, the factors on which, the 
girls are judged offer national tie- 
ins for bankrollers' products. Spon- 
sor is also to get first-refusal 
rights on local judging in cities 
Where stations are in operation 
ind will have "Miss America" en- 
dorsement privileges for other ad 
farms.. Pageant, of ficals reserve 
. tlie right to approve the client. : 



TV Religious Seminar- 

Albany, Nov. 2. 

Top religious leaders of. the 
country have registered for- the 
first television, seminaf on religion, 
to be held starting Sunday (7) at 
WRGB, General Electric TV sta- 
tion in Schenectady; : 

Participants will investigate and 
demonstrate various ways tele 
might augment the work now be- 
ing done by religious field com- 
mittees In radio. WRGB program 
manager Al Zink is moderator for 
the four-day session, with studio 

morning and afternoon classes 

director Ted Beebe assisting.: Both 
morning;, and afternoon classes 
have been; scheduled. 



I Dallas--^ack : Television Enter- 
I prises has acquired exclusive world 
i television rights and all non-theat- 
] rical rights to the "This Is Texas" 
I series, group of one reelers pro- 
1 duced here by Nationwide Films, 
Inc.^ of Dallas. • : 



WRGB's Free-for-All 

Schenectady, Nov. 2. 
Expansion of network television 
programs on WRGB, General Elec- 
tric station with a record of the 
longest continuous operation .in the 
U, S., will include shows from 
ABC, CBS and DuMont webs, it 
was annoimced by G. Emerson 
Markham, GE manager of televiH 
sion and broadcasting here; 

His statement said that programs 
telecast by NBC (with which 
WRGB long: has had association) 
"may now be supplemented" by 
features from the other hookups. 



WBAL Checks Up on TV 
Daytime Viewers, Finds 
Plenty of 'Em Around 

Baltimore, Nov. 2. 

A sizable audience is definitely 
available to daytime television pro- 
gramming, according to a survey 
by WBAL-TV, local video outlet. 
Telephone check of Baltimore set- 
owners during the .second week of 
the station's: afternoon, program'^ 
ming revealed 52.4% of taverns 
and 15.4% of ^ Balto homes had- 
their sets tuned in between 12 
noon and 5 p.m. 

Various reasons were given by 
setowners who didn't :tune in to 
WBAL-T.V's afternoon shows; Some 
housewives gave the expected an- 
swerr*-too busy with household 
chores and children. : Others said 
they didn't know the shows were 
on-,! some wanted more children's 
and film shows, and others re- 
quested more domestic and cook- 
ing programs. "Hi-Jinks," a show 
aired during the lunch hour, from 
12:15 to 1 p.m., was being viewed 
by 17.8% of the homes called, 
while "Television Matinee,'' a late 
afternoon show which has . been 
on- the' air seven -months, iilured 
32.8% of setowners : consistently 
and 21.8% occasionally. 

Lowest rating was. 7.7% for a 
music and ' still picture program. 
Announcement at the beginning of 
this show declared that "you do 
not have to look at this program—- 
it is designed so that you can lis- 
ten to the music while doing your 
housework." 



NBC Now Offers Trosecutor at % 
Despite $10,000 Prod. Cost on Eadi 



WPK Badietyi %d 

N. Y. Daily News' WPIX has 
signed : to > cover 12 basketball 
games played by Seton Hall and 
St. Francis colleges, teeing oft with 
the St. Francis-Manhattan College 
game Dec. 10. Major home games 
of St. Francis are to be carried 
from the 14th Regiment Armory, 
Brooklyn, while the Seton Hall 
games will be televised from 
South Orange, N. J. 



NBC-TV has decided to lower its 
asking price to $5,000 on the "Pub- 
lic Prosecutor'' series, produced es-: 
pecially for tele by Jerry Pair- 
banks, despite the fact, the 26- 
shorts cost an average: of $10,000 
each to turn out. Apparent inabil^ 
ity of advertisers to pay the origi- 
nal $10,000 price forced the move, 
accor.ding to NBC features service 
chief Russ Johnston; and the web 
will now take a chance on getting 
its money back 'on repeat bookings 
to TV stations. 

In a further attempt to sell the 
shorts. NBG will make them avail- 



Already started on coverage of able as either 20 or 30-minute pack- 



N. Y. Rangers' hockey games from 
i Madison Square Garden, N, Y., 
I and boxing and wrestling from 
I Ridgewood Grove arena, WPIX' 
I basketball schedule thus rounds 
' out its fall and winter sports coV- 
] erage. 



i Linkletter's 75G Tour 
I Payoff for Charities 

I Hollywood, Nov. 2. 

! Part of a wide swing of network 

i shows to tour the nation in behalf 
of charitable organizations^ NBC's 
"People Are Funny" and CBS' 
"G. B. House Party" depart Nov. 12 
for another four weeks on the 
road witl. stopovers at Denver, 
Kansas City, Salt Lake City and" 
Seattle. In the five eastern cities 

I on the first half of their tours, the 
shows grossed a total of $75,000 
for: various hospitalSr: underprivi- 
leged children and American Can- 
cer Society. 

John . Guedel produces both 
showsi with Art Linkletter acting: 
as emcee. Coin is raised by selling 
admission, tickets to the regular, 
radio shows. Usually, SRO signs, 
are up weeks before show time. . 



ages, at; the buyer's discretion. 
Two-reelers were originally set to 
go in the 20-minUte form but the 
web has now included an op- 
tional audience participation for- 
mat, which would increase the run- 
ning time 10 minutes. In the longer 
version, the film would halt just 
before the climax and the audience : 
would be asked to guess the out- 
come. Then the 'rest of the" film 
would be run; -';;: 

Web will sell them at $5,000 
for first run only, thereby shelving 
the earlier plan of giving the ad-: 
vertiser an opportunity to repeat 
them twice: during the year at no 
additional cost. If the buyer de- 
sires, however, he'll be able to set 
repeat bookings on the series at a 
small percentage of the original 
cost," according to Johnston. 



IMPPRO^RTSB 
CBS VIDHLM SERIES 

Hollywood, Nov.' 2. 
IMPPRO has completed the first 
four television films; for CBS. and ' 
is now in the midst of Shooting the , 
sefeondi four in the I3-;^ek '^Cflsea 
of ; fiddle prake"^ series jvvitiicli 
features t>atricia Mo^risoii aha^p^^ 
Haggerty. Claire Carleton and 
' Cleveland — Tom Manning, ! Marya Marco have been set for 
WTAM veteran sportscaster, has roles m the four films, which start 
I been renewed by Richman Bros., I shooting simultaneously this week. 
' twice daily, for five minutes at j IMPPRO reportedly is paying 
6:25 and 10 minutes at ■ 11:05. the bit players used in the vld 



Agency is McCann-Erickson. 



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DENNIS JAMES CARNIVAL 
.With Deiinig. James, Victoria Rane, 
, Leonardo & Zola, Rlsko, OSiS' 
mar 

Director: Ralph Levy 
Writer: Jay Burton 
Music: Lew Wliite 
30 Mins.; Sun., 8:30 p.m. 
GENERAL ELECTRIC 
CBS-TV, from N. Y. 

(B.B.D,&0.) 

This "Dennis James Carnival," 
vliich preemed on the CBS-TV 
web Sunday (31) night, is nothing 
more than vaudeo dressed up with 
a new baelcground. Spotted di- 
rectly -in front of Ed Sullivan's 
hour -long "Toast of the Town" 
vaudeo presentation, it's extremely 
likely that satiated viewers might 
start juggling their channel-selec- 
tors. What Emerson Radio,' which 
sponsors "Toast," has to say about 
th's hasn't yet been determined. 

In itself, "Carnival" teed off 
none too well. . Little, attention was. 
given to imparting the requisite 
carney flavor, except to dress up 
James in a pitchman's costume. 
Tliat only served to make liim a 
poor, dupliqate of' the "Texaco Star 
-Theatre's" Sid Stone. Four acts 
spotliglited during the show were 
recruited from carnivals but, work- 
ing as they did on a regulation 
btage, they only furthered the 
vaudeo aspects. 

James, who's won TV renown 
as a sportscaster, showed a glib 
personality a n d demonstrated 
enough talent to be built into a 
.good tele show of any format. Too 
many of his gags, though, were off 
.tlie -eob.. He valso: followed Milton: 
3erle's lead, in injecting himself, 
into all the acts, and with fair 
success. Other performers, includ- 
ing knife-thrower Victoria Rane, 
Afro-Cuban dancers Leonardo and 
Zola,, magician. Dagmar: and plater 
spinner Risko were good in their 
Individual routines. None of them, 
though, projected as well as the 
vaude^and nitery acts usually slot- 
.ted on, other vaudeo shows, so that 
they suffered by comparison'. Ralph 
Levy's camera /direction took full 
^advantage of their stints. 

First of the General Electric 
commercials, which was evidently 
supposed to tie in with the show's 
carney format, was corny to the 
point of embarrassment. . Second 
one. wasn't too bad. Stal. 



ROAR OF THE RAILS 
With Miml Strongin, Rusty Slocuni 
• Writer; Robert Bogardus 
j Producer: Raymond E. Nelson 
15 Mins.; Tues., 7 p.m. 
' A. C. GILBERT CO. 
CBS-TV, from New York 
iaiarles W. Boyt) 
Running on parallel tracks 
alongside WJZ-TV's "Tales of the 
Red Caboose," this show is also 
trying to cash in on the universal 
appeal i which miniature railroads 
have for juves from six to 60. "Roar 
of the Rails," however, doesn't 
stoke up enough Steam to carry a 
payload. While the WJZ show 
at least aimed for range and variety 
by putting the train sequences on 
film, this show only had a single 
toy -locomotive running round and 
round a small circle of track for, 
15 minutes, That can get tiresome 
pretty quickly. Why doesn't the 
sponsor, which manufactures this 
equipment, set up an elaborate 
cnss-crossing network of tracks 
and trains to give some more eye 
appeal to their TV investment? 

Another " element in the show: 
which can be strengthened is the 
background narration of famous 
railroad yarns. On the preem (26), 
the good story of how Death Val- 
ley Scoltie made record-breaking 
trip from Los Angeles to Chicago 
on the Sante Fe in 1905 was relat- 
ed in lack-lustre fashion. .In 
building the narration, more cut- 
ins of . motion pictures or still 
photos could have been used as il- 
lustrations. Instead there was al- 
most complete reliance on the 
studio setup which went exactly no- 
where. Her?n. 



CHILD'S WORLD 

With Helen Patkhurst, children's 

■ panel 

Director: Bob Doyle 
Producer: Robert Saudek 
13 Mins.; Mon., 8 p.m. 
Sustaining ^ 
ABC-TV, from New York 

This is the widely discussed, con- 
siderably kudosed (and justly so) 
moppet discussion session which 
has had a half-hour weekly spot 
on ABC's radio lanes for th« past; 
year. Tliey've simply turned the 
cameras on it. It preemed on TV 
this week (1). 

Tlie stanza, gains something, na- 
turally, with the visual aspect 
; added, since it's possible to watch 
{the children's expressions as they 
{respond to Miss Helen Parkhurst's 
.pointed questioning. For the TV 
debut, it must be said that Miss 
.Parkhurst picked juves (9 to 12) 
I not only articulate but of interest- 
ing visage. 

It would seem, however, as 
i though so much more could be 
done than simply to have the 
1 group stand stilTly around a rail- 
ling as thoy take a topic apart (in- 
Itialer was "Lying"). There arc 
, canieia problems in • covering a 
I group of seven at close range; yet, 
isurely the kids could have relaxed 
: positioning (perhaps in a living 
I room setting). The setting of the 
getaway sequence was extremely 
I clinical. Why, too, couldn't some 
{visual gimmicks be worked in? 
I ABC . certainly deserves a bow 
for keeping this unique series on 
the ether, though, and the TV edi- 
tion has potentialities, with some 
imagination :inj,ected into the pro- 
duction. Doan, 



Buffalo— WBEN-TV, Buffalo, is 
now on the air seven nights weekly 
plus afternoon periods Wednesday, 
Friday, Saturday and Sunday. 
Dealer demands for more test pat- 
tern time together with World 
Series and football telecast has 
spurred local set .sales. 



Immediate 
openings 
for girl 
musicians on 
radio network 
show. 



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SO THIS IS HOLLYWOOD 
; With Stu Wilson, guests 
! Director: Peter Ulrich 
' 43 Mins.; Tues., 8:30 p.m. 
, ADMIRAL RADIO CORP. 
I KTLA, Los Angeles 
I Combination vaudeville, . audi- 
ence participation , telecast from 
the stage of the Pantages theatre. 
Hollywood, underwent the usual 
opening night remote jitters but iS; 
In line as a, video viewer getter. 
Rccheck of stage lighting and 
bouncier scripting will bring the 
West Coast another 45 minutes . of 
TV entertainment. 
. Atkins and Gilbert Productions, 
responsible for the telensing from 
the Pantages house, could help the 
I program greatly with stronger eon- 
I centration on tighter pacing. Radio 
I holdover finds Stu Wilson goading 
i the audience into applauding; a 
i triek which doesn't register well on 
the tele-screen. Otherwise Wilson 
handles his emcee spot with deft? 
ness. 

Program format is a mixture of 
audience participation .and vaude- 
ville witii Admiral Radio commer- 
cials interspersed; Two theatre- 
goers were picked from the audi- 
ence early in the program, given 
their assignments and brought back 
at show's finale for a mild ''Truth 
or Consequences"; treatment be- 
fore being presented with prizes, 
Show also boasts a harmonica 
player, femme vocalist, jitterbug 
team and piano duet. Individual 
! chores were well handled. Dance 
. contestants were dropped into the 
I middle of the telecast with viewing 
I audience asked to pick the winners 
\ for th6 evening in what appears to 
[ be more of a survey gimmick than 
' entertainment getter. : ' 

Peter Ulrich's camera direction 
• suffered from slow camera opera- 
tors. Operators lost their subjects 
I many times throughout the 45- 
I minute shoti . Admiral commercials 
were stock lilm, narration type. 

■ Free: ; 



PANTRY PARTY 

With Lee Jordan, Bill Packhaw, 

■■ emcees :■ 

30 Mins., Than!!. 

Sustaining 

WSB-TV, Atlanta 

I WSB-TV has come up with a 
1 winner: in its every Thursday 
I "Pantry Party,'' staged in various 
I food emporiums throughout the 
I city with shoppers as participants 
in show. , ' : 

Lee Jordan- and Bill Packham 
are emcees and they go to the limit 
with gags that get the laughs. Kids 
are not overlooked with pie' eating 
contests and similar stunts. In: 
addition, women take part in vari- 
ous contests, such as making fancy 
hats / With vegetables and dicing 
onions for a prize. The prizes for 
winners are supplied by stores. 
. Spontaneity of unrehearsed pro- 
gram adds to Its- entertainment 
value. :: 

Another WSB-TV program that 
is meeting with popular favor is 
the "Meet the Boss" programs, pro- 
duced by Elmo Ellis in which out- 
standing civic, social, religious and 
educational leaders are presented 
i each Tuesday night. 
{ Last week's personality was Clif- 
i ford B. McManus, , president of 
Georgia Power Co. Informality is 
I keynote of program. Frank Gair 
: ther, commercial manager of sta- 
. tion, plays host on these programs. 



Irong Way liot 

It doesn't make sense that Win Elliot should be doing a straight 
radio broadcast of a hockey game while flanked by a couple of. 
cameras. But that's how he opened his season for WPIX last week 
Bs the Rangers launched their home schedule at the Garden. 

To verbally follow that puck from man to man on each and 
every pass throughout an entire game, is a prime example of a 
video narrator giving himself th« worst of it If ' Elliot presumes 
be can smother the cameras he's wrong, of course. That he shoid^ 
virtually ignore them is beyond understanding for he's no novice 
in the TV field. He did the Ranger games for CBS last winter. 

Elliot's version of a hockey telecast is particularly disappointing 
becau'se he talks well and, a former player himself, knows what he's 
talking about. He should be able to stay on top of the action with- 
out this incessant bombardment of words. To detail the play as 
Elliot is now doing means he must .talk with machine-gua 
rapidity. This has, will and can make him a pest to many. Through 
the camera the speed of the game is hard on the eye, Elliot is 
making it tough on the ear too. 

The visual difficulty stems from the mid-rink position of the 
cameras. The play is so fast up and down the ice that it makes 
for endless back and forth panning. This is Qiandatory under the 
present setup but there's - no law that says the cameras have to ba 
opposite the face-off circle. If viewers are to be held for a com- 
plete game it seems some effort to ease the visual strain should 
be made. One solution might be to move the cameras to both ends 
of the Garden, behind the goal Cages, and up a flight to balcony 
level. The resultant angle irould reduce panning to a minimum 
(becoming a matter of camera switching as the play approached 
either goal) and it could even turn out that the puck is easier to fol- 
low from the new location. If something isn^t done indications are 
that hockey can become the opticians' delight or viewers will watch 
awhile, rest awhile, and there may be few steady watchers over the 
full season. Plenty of complaints about television eye strain are 
heard without hockey^ Meanwhile, if the cameras were moved; 
Elliot could be leitt at mid-rink for his narration, although the 
closest cooperation between him and the tripod men would then 
become a "must." 

Elliot is a good pick for thi* spot. He knows and he's a glib guy^ 
Yet the way he is working , he- might as well be Bert Lee over at 
- WMGM, Both are doing these games for the same beer sponsor. 
What it amounts to is that Elliot is trying to outtalk the camera, 
tie can't, but he is outtalklng Bill Stern and Mel Allen (and in that 
Drder)-rruntil now always thought an improbable achievement. 



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CRAIG RICE, lop mystery writer, brings her most famous 
character before the microphone. John J: Malone, 
. crime-cracking young lawyer; is the central figure in a 
. series that's taut with suspense, fast-paced as a runaway 
racehorse.. From Hollywood, Frank Lovejoy plays the 
: title role in this exciting mystery -drama: that has aiready 
built a big, steady, following. Ask. your , ABC represen- 
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LIFE WITH HARRY 
With Harry Howard, others 
Director: Phil Booth 
1 15 Mins., Thurs., 7:45 p.m. 
I California Diamond Reproductions 
I KTLA^ Los Angeles - 
I . Breezy ISrminute- situation com- 
,edy rolled forlh from KTLA with 
I Harry Howard handhng tlie slap- 
i stick skit in fine fashion. Program 
I was well paced throughout. Howr 
I ard was perfectly at ease in the 
; initialer which was also his video: 
; debut. Skit was by no means hilari-: 
rous but good for light chuckles all 
1 the way. 

j Show was h i g h lighted by a 
I carefully planned and well woven 
1 commercial which was fitted com- 
pactly into script. Producers 
Carryl and Goodman brought the 
sponsor, California Diamond Re- 
productions, directly into • the paj^-- 
. off line of the skit which made it 
I completely harmless as a plug and 
I surefire as an attention getter. 
; Phil Bootii directed -the cameras 
for KTLA in faultless fashion, Lens 
was ; well trained and cameras 
worked in for fnll advantage on the 
single set show-,; . Free. 



Bob Burns, making his video^ 
debut on Admiral Radio's NBC- 
TV's "Welcome Aboard" variety 
show Sunday nightOO), was a vic- 
tim of poor production and even 
worse scripting, His attempts at 
humor dropped with: such a thud 
that even the studio audience 
(notoriously easy to p 1 e a s e ) 
j couldn't be moved into an audible 
I giggle. : - 'Burns' folksy ; pitch about 
I "I desperately need, to make good 
on television," although meant as 
a gag, was so grimly serious, it was 
I embarassing. There was no reason,. 
! moreover, why Burns, who devel-. 
oped quite a radio rep as a lower 
case Will Rogers, should have been 
garbedl- in Broadway mufti. This 
was a spot for his hillbilly costume, 
but even this couldn't have sal- 
vaged his act. 

: The supporting items registered 
much better, Shirley Ross, in a 
repeat appearance on this show, 
nicely -warbled a couple of tunes, 
neatly accompanying herself on 
the piano. The Deep River Boys 
also rendered a couple of tunes in 
okay fashion, although their bit 
was a carbon copy of the one they 
did on the "Toast of the Town" 
show a couple of weeks ago. In the 
opener, the Graham Sisters deliv- 
ered a fancy combo of dancing and 
fiddling; well-designed for the 
video frame. , 



gram host, in keeping with the 
tenor of the play, after his gag rou- 
tine last week in the "Angel in th« 
Wings" production. He and Bob 
Stanton followed through on th«: 
dignified theme with the two be- 
tween-acts Phtfco plugs. 

"Texaco Star Theatre^' marked 
up two. separate points of impact 
in its presentation on the NBC-TV 
web last Tuesday (26) night. For 
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I Hub Bank s Tele Show 

! Boston, Nov. 2. 

Fir.sl National Bank ot Boston, 
which dropped iis "Sunday After- 

;noon at 4:30'' show on WBZ this 
season when it found that a simi- 

i lar half hour of recorded music by 

. Arthur Fiedler and the Boston 
Pops orchestra was being aired lo- 
cally at a small fraction of its own 
cost for a live show, picked up the 
tab this week on a thre('-iii«IU a 
week video show over WBZ-TV. 

Show is a 10-minute weather 
prognostication , featuring Dr. 
James Austin, professor of meteo- 
rology at M.I.T.. with membcr.s of 

,the staff of live Boston and Wash- 

lington offices of the V. S. Weather 

I Bureau. 



"Philco Television Playhouse" 

went bigtime again Sunday (31) 
night with a fine dramatization Of 
Elmer Rice's Pulitzer prize-Winning 
"Street Scene." The actors, the 
excellent set and lighting and, 
most of all, Fred Coe's direction, 
all captured the grim tragedy of 
the leglter. Teleshows with the 
overall excellence of this one can 
compete on even terms with the 
best, of any other show biz medium. 
Cast, from top to bottom, was 
good. Betty Field did a standout 
job in the ingenue role, shading 

, neatly the characterization, Efrem 
Zimbalisti Jr., as th* introverted 

j student, was equally good. Erin 

I O'Brien-Moore, who played the in- 
genue part in the original Broad- 
way production, gave a good read- 
ing to the mother's role but also 
committed one of the few thesplng 
errors with a too-studied gesture 
In her death scene. Minute as the 
error was, it only pointed up anfew 
how legit actors must consider the 

; way the cameras magnify any bit of 
busmess out of all proportion to its 

; appearance on the stage. 

' The single set of the street in 
front of the tenement building al- 

i though apparently designed with 
the cameras in mind, was the best 
of any yet designed for this ser- 
ies, providing a fine three-dimen- 
sional background to the action. 
Coe's production equalled the qual- 
ity of his direction. Use of walk- 
on extras to lend authenticity to 
the street scene was especiallv 
good. 

Bert Lytell, who handles the pro- 
duction end for Actor.'*' Equity, was 
I back to his dignified role as pro- 



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Tele Followup 

; Gdntlttued: f rom pae« 30 ; 



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31 



one, the Appletons (3), an Apache 
team, gave viewei-s as much sex, 
via the two shapely femmes in the 

• act, as has been seen yet on video. 
Secondly, emcee Milton Berle in- 
freed a moppet who couldn't have 
been more than five but who ban- 
died quips with Betle with all the 
timing and aplomb of a seasoned 
show biz performer. Two acts gave 
Viewers ' something to talk about 
after the show. ■ ■ Otherwise, the 
stanza was only up to the usual 
Texaco level — and that's still plen- 
ty high, 

Berle got the show off to a . slow 
start with ,an uncalled-for , flag- 
■ waving routine, featuring, ;a tune 
titled "Stay Away fvom the USA." 
It might have helped set the stage 
for George M. Cohan, Jr., who 
closed the stanza, but it looked like 
80 much corn on the kinescope. 
Appletons promptly lifted the 

. show with a fast, actionful stint, 

; In which : a neat painted backdrop 
was as good to look at as the gals. 
Director Ed Cashman wisely t&- 
frained from any closeups of the 
abbreviated costumes. Sid Caesar, 

: doing a repeat on the show^ 
worked his film trailer act well 
and then, joined Berle in a bur- 
lesque blackout, good for plenty 
of laughs. Actress Hope. Milr 
ler, an attractive brunet, got her 
TV break-in on this one and neat- 
ly foiled for the two gagsters. 
She's hitherto done legit, pictures 
and radio. 

Three Maestros did their stand- 
ard routine with the fake musical 
Instruments. Act was slow until 
Berle stepped in to hypo the pace. 
Dick, and Dot Remy," latter a 
throwback to . Billy Hose's . famous 
-"beef trusti". impressed with a neat 

■■ acro-terp routine,: -marked mainly 
by the girl's ability to do acro- 
batics despite her weight. Moppet, 
named Vema A. Vema, took over 
next, and actually had Berle on 
the defensive.: Her song-and-dance 
routine were limited by the usual 
small range of any child, but the 
Avay she fed her gag lines to Berle,: 
without a single fluff, is still being 
talked about in the tiade. Cohan, 
In a road company of his late fa- 
ther, wound up the show with a 

. medley of songs penned and made 
famous by Cohan, Sr. 

Sid Stone's pitchman routine, in 
the middle commercial spot, was 
better than, it's been the last couple 
of weeks. It clocked in, though, at 
seven minutes — and thafs too long 
even for o plug as entertaining as; 
this one, 



original bid with the FCC. CBS 
would then pay to finish construc- 
tion and get the station on the air. 

CBS would operate the station 
as an owned'-and-operated Outlet, 
and would control it completely. 
Station would be bought outright 
from Baytheon and not on the 49% 
investment deal which the web re- 
cently made for KTTV, Hollywood. 

In its petition, which requested a 
six-month extension to complete 
construction of the outlet, Ray- 
theon advised the FCC it would 
file a transfer application within 
the next 10 days. Company gave 
as its reasons for selling the fact 
that it had already invested the 
$250,000 in construction and: has 
not been able to raise the necesr; 
sary additional capital to get the 
station into operation. Raytheon 
told the Commission, however, it 
would proceed promptly with plans 
to Gomplete:the project and operate 
it on an interim basis regardless 
of whether the FCC approves the 
.sale to CBS. 

If the FCC okays the sale, Ray- 
theon added in its petition, CBS is 
prepared to withdraw its pending 
application for a Boston outlet, 
which if now frozen. 



versus silent films was the $64 
question. He. plumped for sound 
at that time, he said, even though 
many of . his buijincss associates : 
were convinced that his judgment- 
was bad. 

Plans to radiate a microwave re- 
lay network from WBKB have 
been shelved, he said, adding that 
development of sales in the Chi- 
cago area was uppermost at this 

, time. The relay net was started 
two years ago by Capt. Bill Eddy, 

I who resigned last August as WBKB 
director. 



Giveaway, Inc. 



Continued from pace 21 j 



Prep Coast TV 

S Continued from page 25 i 



WBKB 



Continued from page 3S\ 



' installed by Xmas in (he Chicago 
I theatre, B&K flagship, will add an- 
I other $30,000 to the bill. 
I Balaban described .himself as 
sold on the • future of video, but 
' predicted it would, not absorb or 
i kill off the film industry. In sup- 
: port of his. prediction he harked 
' back to the days when sound 



ready in three or. four months, de- 
pending on reception of the plan 
by producers, directors, writers, 
actors and others interested in 
pooling their talents and making 
them available for tele.. In outlin- 
ing his plan^ Glett, former veepee 
and general manager for David O; 
Selznick in charge:- of production 
and studio operations,, "told- :Va.' 

RIETY: ■ ■ ;. :^'- 

"Television producers, as we 
know them today, and the tele* 
vision industry itself cannot at this 
time afford to pay for the services 
of those : in production administra- 
tion, planning and supervision who 
would make themselves available 
as part of this project, and for 
which there would be no charge 
to. the production unit.. Also< there 
/ are many top i people: in the in- 
i dustry with whom we have worked 
'through the years who have ad- 
' vised us that the workshop idea 
; appeals to them. They would not 
I be otherwise available.'' . 



90-minute powwow, that the give-, 
away boys are pretty much of a 
mind on one point. They think 
their . shows are being picked on- 
unfairly; they think a lot of mali- 
cious falsities . are thus spread 
about; and they wish something 
could be done about it. 

Todman said he called the meet- 
ing simply to say, ."Look, guys 
we're being pushed downhill," 
and ask if others agreed with liim 
that some , "positive appwach" 
ought /to be made to 'counteract 
the bad notices the giveaways are 
, catching. He noted that audience 
participation shows (as. the give- 
away producers prefer to tab 
them) are a "widely accepted form 
of radio entertainment" which 
•currently rates second only to 
I variety programs . in the Hooper 
' averages. 

I Maybe some of these quiz shows 
are guilty of bad taste, Todman 
' went on, but most of them are 
I "just good, clean - entertainment" 
i: which appeals to- people's sense 
' of : sportsmanship; . There's even 
"drama, intrigue, thrill and cnter- 
, tainment" in description of the 
I jackpots. 

I What bothered Todman, though, 
he said, was talk that the give? 
] away producers are "runninf. ini- 
' quitous dens" and that their shows 
j represent "a cancerous growth" 
j on the industry. People come 
up to him and express tears that 
the quiz shows may be yanked off 
i the air. It's possible to visualize, 



said the producer of. "Winner 
Take AH" (daytime, evening and 
TV) and "Time's A-wastin' ", that 
Uie day could come when people 
will be "slipping down to' their 
basements to listen to bootleg 
giveavk-ay shows." 

■"We've got a public relations 
job to do," Todman summed up. 
■'We owe :it to ourselves. Not: to 
knock other types of shows or: 
just to be on the defensive, but 
to see that our side of the story 
is told. Right now the attacks are 
pretty one-sided." 

Framer, producer of "Strike It 
: Rich," said he thought it was a 
job to : be done "on an industry 
level" and indicated the producers 
might , pitch in to retain PR .coun- 
sel or put a publicity agency on 
the job. Whole subject then got 
a general fcicking-around. 

But the upshot . seemed toi' be a - 
general feeling that the producers 
could get after their network and 
agency Hackeries to sec that the 
giveaways' brighter sides are ex- 
posed. At least there ■ was no 
^'surge toward reaching for pocket* 
books. Soap operas and whodunitii 
have survived bitter attacks, sev- 
eral noted, in'dicating they . felt 
giveaways would, too — if listeners 
kept on tuning them in. 



Boston— Annual fall conference 
of the N. E. Committee on Radio 
in Education set for Nov. 1 8 at 
WCOP, Bowles outlet in the Hub. 



"Toast of the Town" bill last. 
Sunday (31) offered a :nice, variety 
of grade A fare, with the Betty 
and Jane Kean sister comedy- 
dance-song act scoring well in the 
closing spot. The . girls' routine 
needs tightening; they could have 
axed Jane's song opener and intro 
patter with Ed Sullivan. They've 
a comedic format that is clicky, 
with song-dance talent to spare. 
Very fetching femmes, too. Bunny 
BWggs, sepia singeivtapper, also 
could stow his vocallng tacceptable 
as an extra draw) to concentrate on 
his strong toe-and-heel rhythmic 
talents. (He also could shear the 
long hair and dispense; with the 
zoot suit, which are inclined to: 
prejudice his audience.) There's 
plenty of art in. his feet. Jay 
Marshall's magician - ventriloquist 
act, using his fisi for a singing-fast 
cracking dummy's head, was sure- 
fire— the camera effectively playing 
closeup on the talking fist. Marshall 
knows how to make his patter pay 

. off, almost line for line; George 
Prentiss brought his Punch & Judy 
act from the Blue Angel; here 
again the cameras gave :viewers a 
closeup such as they'd never get 

: ln a theatre, enabling telelookers to 
catch even minute actions of the 
■puppets. P&J routine, unchanging 
.«s it, is, is perennially enjoyable. 
:Honey Bros., in the opening numr 
ber, bounced through their tap- 
acrobatic -comedy routine with a 
coordination that satisfied the cus- 
tomers. Camera work was Cbpe- 
cially notable during Bunny 
Briggs' tapping, when closeups of 
his feet were strikingly super- 
imposed on a medium shot ot him. 
This technique shouldn't be over- 
done, but is very efTcctivc as on 
occasional novollv. 



Raytheon 

SB Continued from page 25 ss 

niit to Waltham, neighboring city 
to Boston, is now under construcr 
tion. CBS, if the deal goes 
through, will pay approximately 
$250,000 for the physical assets of 
the station, as well as all out^^of- 
pocket money that Raytheon has 
SO far spent to prosecute its 




already the Cbampian 

and it's oniy mid'Seasen 



Exclusive broadcasts of the red hot games of the football 
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YES SIR, between summer and fall of 1948, NBC 
Television has doubled its w'eight in advertisers 
—a bulging increase of - more than 100% in signed 
network sponsors. 

ITEM: many of the largest and most experienced 
advertisers in the nation— like Procter & Gamble, Philco 
and Colgate-Palmolive-Peel. They're spending more and 
more money {neic money in addition to radio funds.) 
on NBC Network Television shows. 

ITEM; lele\ision sponsors new to the medium — recruits 
from printed media like Bales Fabrics, Bigelow- 
Sanford Carpel? and Disney Hals. Disney, confident of 
blanketing 80% of ils market viixh tele-\isioh, now 



allocates the major pari of its advertising money there. 

ITEM: television film recordings to carr}' the message 
beyond the limits of the present NBC Eastern Television 
NetAvork — until the day when sight-and-sound wU be 
linked diieclly from coast to coast. 

ITEM: today, more net^vork sponsors than all other tele- 
vision networks combined — and NBC all but sold out 
in the eveniiiji hours. 

Yes sir, it sure has groA\n — grown in wealth of program 
material and versatility for viewers as it increases ill 
proved Falcs effecliNcness for advertisers. 19-18 is the 
year for America's No. 1 Television Network. 





New NBC Television Network Sponsors 

Admiral Corp. 
Bates Fabrics, Inc. 
Bigelow-Sanford Carpet Co., Inc. 
Chevrolet Dealers 
Cluett-Peabody 
Colgote-PalmoUrc-Pcet Co. 
Disney Hats 
International Silver Co. 
Julius Kayser & Co. 
PJiilco Corp. 
Procter & Gamble Co. 
Sherwiii Williams Co. 
E. R. Squibb & Sons 
Sunshine Biscuits, Inc. 
•Syhania Electric Pioduds, Inc. 
Unique Art Manufacluring Co. 
f iV/i; Chemical 
Wuko Tele-vae Lens 
Whitehall Pharmacul Co. 

Continuing NBC Television Network Sponsors 

American Tobacco Co. 
Fiieslone Tire & HubJicr Co. 
General Foods Coip. 
General Electric Co. 
Gillette Safety Razor Co. 
Gulf Oil Corp. 
Kraft Foods Co. 
Motorola, Inc. 

R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. 
Swift & Co. 
The lC\as Co, 



34 



RADIO 



Weflnesday, November S,< 1948 



Radio Reviews 



Continued from : p^go ill 



out" order came a . half-hour from 
the field. Crew was of . mixed na- 
tionality, he said, and was proud of 
their pinpoint bombing of Arab 
positions done at one time by 
means of Piper Cubs. 



fancy later on. That goes for sport 
casts, boih AM and TV. 



WFlL's 'Woman of Year' 



■J ■■:::■.> ^:/:Philaddphia,::Noy. -^.V'! ; 

iihice IVeS; who- conducts "Eyei'y- 
woman's Hour'' oyer WFIL, TVl6n- 
day through , Friday, has been 
\ named "Business Woman of the 
I Year,'' by the Business and Profesr 

'sional Woman's Club of Philadel- 

Mark Goodson, radio producer jphia. 
who launched the ninent give- 1 Miss Ives received the award at 
aw!jy epidemic with "Stop the Mu- g banquet staged by the club m 



Best example of how Israel has sic" and other such type shows, j.onnection with National Business 
progressed was found In the words ; stiil- defends his program stable as . women's week The citation was 
of one of the plane Hostesses. As , being "good entertainment." Slap- ,^ . j gg ..j,, ,.ecog- 

quoted by Straus, she referred to ] ping down the giveaway critics on IPresenita lo ive» a 

the early days of the war "when , Andre Bardch-Bea Wain's show on 



we fought with our bare hands, but 
now we have planes," Tel Aviv's 
brisk night life, Straus said, is 
somewhat incongruous for It's hard 
to believe that such gay scenes are 
only a few miles from bitter fight- 
ing. 

Two minutes of news read from 
New York might well be elim- 
inated to make better use of the 
commentator's observations from 
Israel. For much of the press 
agency material is available . in 
the newspapers and the on-the- 
spot stuff has a human element not 
found in ,the dry news reports. 
Straus, incidentally, laid the 
groundwork for the series and Ar- 
thur Holzman,. former Mutual Pal- 
estine correspondent, will carry on 
within a few days. Gilb, . 



I Followup Comment \ 



Ellin (Mrs. Irving) Berlin manl- 



WMCA. N. Y., last week, Goodson 
denied that his shows are "buying" 
audiences and cited facts and fig- 
ures to prove his case. The Ameri- 
can people :are nierchandisethappy, 
he said, and second to winning 
themselves, they like to hear of 
other people taking the prizes awdy. 

Unveiling the' machinery behind 
"Stop the Music," Goodson said 
that "malicious" persons were 
spreading false rumors about the 
program lining up all winners in 
advance of the program. It ain't 
so, he said. As for the ribbing his 
show has been receiving from Fred 
Allen, Jack Benny, Milton Berle, 
et al, the producer said it was a 
tribute to his program's pulling 
power. (Mebbe so, but for the 
first time last Sunday (30), Fred 
Allen ' moved ahead of "Stop the 
Music" in the Hooperatings.) 



presented 

nition of her nationally known 
work in the field of broadcasting, 
for her invaluable aid in relieving 
the distress of underprivileged 
children and for her cooperation 
with the clubwomen of Philadel- 
phia." 



Women B'casters To 
Hear Dorothy Lewis 



San Antonio Nov. 2. 



Stanton Had Idea 2 Years Ago 

Not generally known to the trade is the fact that almost a year 
ago, ABC, taking advantage of the NBC-CBS "no transcription" ' 
edict, sought to inaugurate a summer replacement schedule of tran- 
scribed repeat shows, similar to the plan which Columbia and NBC 
are now planning to put into operation. . 

ABC plan was to utilize NBC's array of top comics, making sep- 
arate deals with the agencies, clients and talent involved. But ABC 
never got as far as discussing it with NBC execs because of mul- 
tiple bugs that crept, into the scheme, and the project was aban- ■ 
doncd. 

It's known, too, that CBS prexy Frank Stanton, as early as two 
years ago, was playing around with the transcribed repeat idea as 
part of an overall program pattern which would eventually cancel 
out the network transcription ban. 



Radio's 'Big Time' 



Continued from page I 



knowledge of Columbia's action. 
Oddly enougli, NBC, wiliiout any 
was all set to spring its new policy 
last Thursday (28), but held off on 



Dorothy Lewis, coordinator of J its annpuncement pending definite 
Women's broadcast's for the I clearance from the talent unions 



United Nations; will attend, and 
address the third annual confer- 



for fear that snags might develop. 
In only minor details do the NBC 



Radio I 



Violet Short, of KTSA here, 13th 
District Chairman, include Lucille 
Shearwood, New York, .Editor of 



encc, 13th District, Assn. of Wo- and CBS plans differ, but they both 
men's Broadcasters, NAB, to be ' add up to the same sweeping sched- 
held here Nov. 6 and 7, | "le providing for a summer re- 

Other speakers announced by j Placement semester in which the 

- - - . - ' two networks' top personalities 

woiild rejprise, M^ia' ttahscrt^ 
their best shows. , Whereas the 
CBS plan would limit such play- 
backs to programs of the current 
season, NBC polity, ifs'undcrstood, 



"JSrosdwAy ' &nd Vine *' ^^^^^^ , , 
Harris' five-minute afternoon cross- W^^-'. "Baby Food Bulletin'' and 
the-board chitchat with film celebs I promoter of "National Baby 

over CBS, liopped up With Bette ! Week"^ Miss Pat Griffi^^^^ - ^ , 

. . , Davis on its Thurs. (28) broadcast. | tor of Women's Activities, NAB, ' would permit repeats of shows from 
fested her show business training | Actress proved a polished guest Washington; Seymour Andrews, ' previous seasons as well, 
and background twice with excel-,! and confided that she was making i T e 1 ev i s i o n program director, ! In other respects, to6, the CBS 
lent pitches on behalf of the Girl- her first extended visit to New WBAP - TV, Fort Worth, and formula goes beyond the proposed 
Scouts movement in which she is ■ Jf"^!^ 10. years- Appropriately ; Thomas D, Ri.shworlh, Director of, NBC pattern, permitting tran- 

prominent. As chairman of the Sfy V.^^fTLr^'J'^^l^. 'X^^^''^^^^ ""^^^ '''"^^ ^tZtt ^T^^^^^^ 
Scouts' public relations bureau, j comedy, "June Bnde," at the ' ""^ I ^^"^ season if an an peisonality 

Strand, N. Y., whose, preem was I 



the authoress-wife of America's 
No. 1 -songsmith was both tele- 
genic and artteulate on a dual "We, 
the People" radio-TV sjhot last 
week, as veil as with Tex & Jinx's 



NBC vs. Agencies 



Continued Irani page 2$ j 



duly noted 

Miss ^ Davis confined herself to 
some brief comments on F.dith 
Head's costumes and also referred 
vvct-i^ v tiL t.c v,.i,.i x^.v v,c ^..x..., t^o 'ier ' happy, normal exi-stence" , , 

Sunday noon show which proved ' which she leads at the studio bun- ^ agencies to hesitate before assign 
one of the best interviews the I galow when working on the lot, her ing their top-salaried radio execs 
McCrarys iiave ever done . . . Why ''Ofie at Laguna and still another to TV production. . 
do tootbaU announcers obliterate | domif||.e JnNw^ Save, with Vic McLeod and Sam Car- 

the announcements 



1 wants to split up his layoff period. 
! The Best of Jack Benny 



average of its flock of top-priced 
Thursday niglit comics and pro- 
grams, including Al Jolson, Burns 
& Allen, "Aldrlch Family." "Seal- 
test Variety Show," "Screen Guild . 
Players" and Fred Waring, all of 
whom thus far have been taking a. 
Hooper beating from CBS's low- 
cost opposition. NBC realizes. it 
may take another six to ■ eight 
weeks for the Thursday $100,000 
talent lineup to .liit its Hoopet 
stride, but also concedes 'that It . 
Jolson, B&A, etc., were spotlighted 
throughout the summer with.tran-«? 
scribed repeats, it v/ould not only 
give July-August-September listen- 
ing a_ strictly ; bigtime aura whiclt . 
would invite better, summer Hoop- 
ers, but would enable them- to 
bounce into the new season with 
heightened impact. 



Lou Frankel to RRN 



. ; \;\ -;.'Itbacav:> Nov. . 2. - 

Lou ■ Frankel has resigned as 
Lifting of the "no transcription" | commercial promotion man . lof 



, - Save „i^ty yi,, irjii,ijcu <iiiu oaiu ar- 

'orscores'heard \ ^9'" "^^^ ^^^'i^t i»<io and an occa- ' ter'Vlready working with ithe NBC- 

rather d.sUnctly over the V-!^-^y^'^fTfl:''t^T^i,}^^^^^^ TV programming Itaff Blackburn 

terns on tlic respective gridirons "^' "^"^ ni(,rfiiin.p a\ wm 



ban would, for example, pernlit 
, Lucky Strike to fill in the 13-week 
_ ; Jack Benny vacation with a tran- 
scribed cavalcade of thei top Benny, 
shows, instead of putting in a sut>-' 
stiiute show of a somewhat more 
dubious; nature.' 
The NBC plan would involve 17 



WHCU, the Cornell U station, to 
join Rural Radio Network, the-New 
York state web of FM outlets, as 
director of promotion and public 
relations, 

Frankel, joined WHCU in June. 
1946,' as continuity director aftef 
earning his sti-ipes as a trade paper 



by plugging a commercial? And I 
then they. turn around and repeat, 
the Sam^i info .when it suits their:, 



WANT 



SANTA CLAUS 



as a 



CHRISTMAS 
VISITOR? 



Enchant your child this 
Christmas season by 
making reservations 
now for a personal per- 
sonalized visit by Santa 
Claus in your own 
home. Santa also avail 
able for parties any- 
where. Visits Dec. 1st 
through Dec. 30th. 

Call 

SANTA'S HELPERS 

Inc. 

33 West 58th Street 
New York 19, N. Y. 
Telephone: PLaza 9-1218 



Jack Barry, Chairmaq 
Rdbert Strauss, Pi*e$. : 



; Circling the Kilocycles 



[ disclosed that Jonathan Caldwell, 
former cartoon and 



d-irif f< pvrtpi+ 52-weck schedulp, with 14 on the 
with Walt Disney Productions and Columbia roster N\ho in past years 
; the Harman-Ising studios would 



shows ot clients buying time on a i i.^^ip editor. During the last global 



i arrive in N- Y.;-.Soon v lo join the 
; department. He's to be assigned 
Greensboro, N. C. — Hearing was the preparation of a series of in- 
conducted here last Friday i29) on , terpretive ballet shows. Carter is 
application of GUbert^ M. ■ currently handling most of the 
" iters: 



the 



llulchibon for an FCC permit to adaptation of fuU-lcngth legiter 

nn fnl lori tYiln the "Philco Television Plav 

operate on unlimited time at 1,400 «„j ht^t i i * i 

kc. Hutchison since 1938 has beeni^'^"^f, produces Ad- 

with WBIG here as commercial I ""^f' ^ Welcome Aboard ' show, as NBC and CBS are bluenrint 

manager Judee J Fred .Tohnson i ^^'^ writing original material i P'"^"^^^*''", V oiueprini 
of M.ngton.^who conducted tSe i f"'" other legit programs on NBC- the plan strictly on an exper, 
hearing, will submit the testimony TV. Blackburn himself, has had 



have retained time segments dur- 
ing the sununtr for minor-budget- 
ed programs. 

Immediate reaction among agen- 
cies, clients and talent to the CBS 
pitch more or Irss supported the 
move,' with iiiicliliood tliab the'.NBC 
overtures, once they are officially 
announced, will similarly meet 
with approval. . It's understood that 



fracas he was m the ETC as a war 
correspondent. . ^ .- , 



Columbus, 0,r— Morton K. "Rus-, 
ty" I'arlicr, orchestra-leader, is re- 
luming to radio work as a member 
of the sales staff of WVKO, new • 
Columbia station expected to be- 
gin operations about mid-Novcm- 
beiii ■ ■ V- -■ " 



[to the FCC for-deci.sion. Hutchl 
sonwants a 250^watt station, which 
he would affiliate with the Mutual 
network. 



' New York— John V. B: Sullivan 
1 has been appointed an account 
] exec at WNEW, aGcording to an 
announcement by Ira Herbert, v.p. 
I in charge of Sales. Sullivan has 
I been Director of Promotion at 
i WNEW for the: past six years 
: Robert D. Gutlirie ' " 



considerable film production ex- 
perience and resigned ivis post as 
Coast : veepee of the J. Walter 
Thompson agency to join NBC. 

Show featuring Miss Pickens, ac- 
cording to Blackburn, is to be titled 
"18th Century Drawing Room" and 
will feature the singer doing songs 
against that background in a .15- 
minute once-weekly presentation. 
Ripley show, to be produced in con- 
junction with Doug Storer, Will 



^-^.^■^K^^. v.,,^^..„.w, formerly Pro-; , ,^ , . ^ „ . 

motion Manager of Elks magazine, demonstrate generally the cartoon 



mental basis, contingent on audi- 
ence acceptance, with the idea to 
be abandoned if it doesn't jell. 
Petrillo Says OK Already 
While NBC was hesitant last 
week to reveal its plan because of 
possibleMinion repercussions,' nota« 
bly from American Federation of 
Radio Artists and the Radio Writ- 
ers Guildi particularly in respect 
to second performance rights and 
fees, the American Federation of 
Musicians, it's understood, has al- 



ready given the nod. In contrast 
t^e NBC desh-e to make the 
at WNEW. ' include a dramatic skit, based on ■ transcribed schedule union-proof, 

' .such titles as "The Unhappiest Man ■ CBS is taking the position that the 

Pittsburgh-Harry Dangerfield, the World," which was staged for i agencies and talent involved can 
KDKA .salesman for the last five the audition show. It's to be a half- j straighten the matter out among 
: years, has resigned to go with ' ''O"!" P^^osram; Also in the works ! themselves. 

'Pittsburgh Plate Glass Co. Cleda is a five-minute across-the-board! The "transcribed repeat" formu- 
Clark and Jack Beattie have ' strip for local N. Y. audiences, has- 'a to achieve year-round lop radio 
[ landed a ne.w: commercial, "Don't l ed on Cue mag's coverage of res- is seen as the answer to a number 
Say Hello," for Port Pitt Bedding , taurants and niteries in the city. , of radio's needs. But primarily it's 

' Co. over WPIT. It's a telephone j i interpreted as radio's an.swer to 

^''^ jnomings week- 1 Des Moines— Charles M. Butler , the expanding television Inroads; a 
' approved transfer of has been appointed a sales rep of recognition of the fact that radio 

WJAS here and WIIJB in Greens- iJKRNT, under Paul M. Elliott, com- ' can no longer afford to permit even 



FAMOUS 





burg. Pa , from the late H J. Bren- 1 mercial manager. Elliott was for- 
jnen to executors of his estate, H. |merly local sales manager for the 
Kenneth Bremien, a son, and a; station. KRNT sales vacancy was 
daughter, Margaret H. Brennen. ! created by the recent transler of 
Elder Brennen, who founded both|Arden Swisher to WOL, Washing- 
' stations, died few weeks ago. i ton, D. C. 



! From the Production Centres 



Continued from page ZZ ; 



Man last March, stiU works in a department store here and lives in 
the same small apartment. Except lor a fur coat, tele set and a sewing 
machine she turned all her loot over to a lawyer for sale. Taxes will 
eat up about $8,000. . . RusscI Salter has applied to I''CC for a new 500- 
watt AM daytimer in LaGrangc, 111. . . General Electric and five of its 
local dealers' are bankrolling WIND'S "Morning Caravan" . . Quiz 
Kids Darice Riohman and Korhelle Licbline will be heard this season 
as piano i()loi-,K v ilh tlie Chi Symphony Orch's Young People's Con- 
certs "Norliiwoslorn Reviewing Stand" started its l,'5lh year Sunday 
(31) Richman Bios, began sponsoring Jim Ilurlbut's six-a-weck 
newscasts on WM,\Q Nov. 1 . Olga Ledenc back as NBC nurse after 
several months on leave of absence with the Red Cross "Sky Kim;' 
contest for kids ofTers 1,002 prizes . Paul Dainai, former radio ed, is 
among the nine named as director of WMOR, new FM'er set to tee off 
here, 



a seasonal slough-off if it wants to 
keep the heavy: bankroUers in line. 
To "protect radio," it's recognized,' 
the highest possible Hoopers and 
audience pull must be maintained 
at all times and at all co,sts. 
Beer Vlu^s That Reallr Pay Off 
It's also seen the answer to the, 
merchandising of specific products. I 
as, for example, in the case of ' 
Pabst, which plunks down $20,000 ' 
I weekly for the Eddie Cantor Show, 
: olily to have Cantor go olT for the 
summer when the emphasis on the 
Pabst plugging should hit its maxi- 
mum level. ' ' 
|; ;;Caht6r'himspTf, In :a A^amety. iri- ' 
terview a jcar ago. tipped off his 
desire, and that of his bankrollcr 
to circiSit the network through the 
suminer months if a proper formula 
could he achieved, pointing out that 
the audience is alvvays there if 
^'ood summer programming was on 
;\ tap,:'. ' V:' ^■■■::,' ■ • : ' i 
NBC sees in it, too, the answer 
I to the current low-rating batting 



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Apponrliig: 

■■■■ "In :■ 

"THE 
BABE 
RUTH 
STORY" 



DiMerien: LQU IRWIN 



Wednesday, November 3, 1948 



Ei^sh Decca to Market Records 
Of CajHtol in Britam Via New fieup 



Hollywood. Nov. 2. ♦ 
Capitol Records, as expected, 
announced last Thursday (25) a 
}iew tieup with English Decca, 
l.td., via which the latter will tnar- 
Itet Capitol in Britain and Africa. 
Though Capitol does not make it 
clear, it's said that according to the 
lilrrangenient the exchange of earn- 
ings by the label's disks in Eng- 

iand will be no problem. They'll 
le transferred here, from earnings 
In this country by British Decca's 
London label, which are pressed in 
England and distributed only Jn 
the U. S. and Canada. 

Set ut> last summer by Sandor 
Forges, Cap's foreign division 
head, and artists : and repertoire 
boss Jim Conklingi the agreement 
With the British firm was okayed 
Oct. 25 by th§ British government. 
It starts immediately; Capitol is 
. already packaging pressings for 
(hipment. 
British Decca already has a 

fimilar arrangement with U. S. 
>eccat but that . pact calls for the 
former to handle only recordings 
Imprinted with the Brunswick la- 
bel, to which Decca. bought the 
rights (not world-wide, however) 
and a considerable number of mas'^ 
ters several years ago. Decca is 
now launching the Coral label, 
which: will ' be .circulated im. the 
(Continued oii page 42) 



New Co/s 1st Hit 



Decca Seeking 
Breakage Break, 
Asks Allowance 



:.: RCA-:Victor's . request of major 

Snd minor music publishers, that it 
e allowed to deduct 81^%: of qiiar:- 
terly royalty statements to cover 
"breakage," Is having the effect 
the pubs feared. Decca Records is 
In the picture on the same angle. 
iDecca denies that it has demanded 
the V same deal from music firms 
that have so far given it to Victor, 
but it fully, expects to achieve the 
■ame break in royalty, payments 
and already has obtained okays 
from some of the firms that had 
okayed Victor's plea. 

Apparently, Decca Is letting 
RCA take the lead, and any pubs 
that go along with Victor will go 
along with Decca. So far, Victor 
has not had too much success with 
Individual majors except Warner 
Bros., whose head, Herman Starr, 
■ Victor says, okayed the 8!^% idea 
.10 days ago. It has corraled the 
elgnatures of a group of lesser 
. firmst however, the outstanding 
total represetiting hillbilly and 
country music publishers. Many 
publishers who have not given- Vic- 
tor permission to make the de- 
ductions have told the company 
that they would go along if a ma- 
jority of rivals fell in line with 
Victor's request. Among those 
firms: are BregmanvVocco-Gonn, 
ivhich Victor stated last week had 
okayed the deal. BVC has not as 
yet. 



London, Nov. 2. 
One of the newer companies 
here. Athenaeum Music, is racking 
up its first big ■ hit in "Susy." 
Song is an Italian import with 
music by Ernest Nicol and English 
lyrics by Scott Monte. Tune is 
also number one in point of sales 
in several continental countries, 
including France, Sweden and 
Chechoslovakia. "Susy" Is slated 
to make its U. S. bow this month 
under the Mills imprint in a deal 
negotiated by company prez Jack 
Mills with the original Italian 
publisher, Edizlone Musica C6ra, 
of Milan. 

' He's timing publication with a 
Nov. 15 release of a Grade Fields 
recording on, the London label. 



OBCHBSTRA-llflTSIf: 



8S 



Gale Bros. Buy 
Out Billy Shaw 



Satchmo's Long String 

Louis Armstrong's six -piece 
combination is booked without a 
break into next April, which indi- 
cates ihore than anything else the 
success . Armstrong has encount- 
ered since breaking up his big 
band and going into a small one 
with Jack Teagarden, Barney Big- 
ard, et al. 

Armstrong' is currently on one-> 
nighters, college dates among 
them, and opens at the Blue Note, 
Chicago, Dec. 5 for four weeks. 
He moves into the Flamingo, Las 
Vegas, in February for two weeks. 



Judge Leibell Modifies ASCAP Stand, 
'Society Can t Sell Rights as Trust' 



Pluggers^ Scrap 
WithCouncOOn 
PactBrushoff 



ASCAP Will Appeal 

The American Society of Com- 
posers, ' Authors and Publishers 
likely will appeal N. Y. Federal 
Court Judge Vincent L. Leibell's 
revised decision in the ITOA fee 
case. However;' regular; monthly, 
board meeting of the organization;: 
last Thursday (28) decided to 
leave it up to ex-Secretary of War 
Robert P. Patterson, who was 
brought "in on the case after the 
original decision, and various 
ASCAP house and regular attor- 
•neys.--- 

I It has been rumored that they 
I will ask for a stay of Leibell's most 
recent decision, pending appeal. 



. . Moe and Tim Gale have bought 
out Billy Shaw s one-third interest 
in the Gale,. Inc., agency; Buyout 
resolves the differences between 

the brothers and Shaw, which had , meliirbasic"'7ontract to"replac7''a 
Up a bitter internal situation five-year deal Which expires Dec. 



Music Publishers Contact Em- 
ployees membership meeting last 
Thursday (25) evening created 
quite: a .scrap between individual 
members of the organization and 
its ruling council. Certain members 
of the outfit insisted upon being 
openly advised of the terms of the 
new contract being formulated by 
the council members for presentar 
tion to the Music Publishers Pro- 
tective Assn. Latter and the MPCE 
heads will sit down within the 
month to . execute a new . employ- 



set up a bitter 

during the past few weeks. Shaw 
intends establishing his - own agen- 
cy within several weeks after va- 
cationing; 

Details of the dispute/ that split 
the Gales end Shaw are undis- 
closed, but financial angles were 
involved. At one time within the 
past 10 days there was a possi- 
bility Shaw might take over the 
band and talent agency from the 
Gales, who quoted a figure . of $90,- 
OOO for their interests. Whether 
this quotation was. used as the 
basis for buying out Shaw's one- 
third neither tlie brothers nor 
Shaw will state. . . 

Papers in the split were signed 
Monday II) with Herman < Chub- 
by) Goldfarb, representing: Shaw, 
and, Andrew Weinberger, who 
repped the' Gales. 

Shaw joined^Gale several years 
ago, moving over from a one-night- 1 
er. division post with the William I 
Morris agency. He had run the 
Gale band department as well as 
working with vacts. 



Lombardo Snag 

.Guy. Lombardo M 
pirobleni .y/hen he began his; Kais- 
er-Frazer commetcial :Wo^ 
ago. on 248 Mutual network sta- 
lions. r. • 

; For- some tinie Lombardo's baaid- 
has • been : ;$pld ' ■ by . trahscriptioii 
through Zivv iponsrorM in various 
fiitieis by diif^tent manufacturer^ 
And 18 of thenj were Kacked by^^ 
iodiji distribiitors of rival aiitoiino- 
bile m^kes. Lombardo . aijd . ;Ziv 
ran into the unusual in tliat iifie: 
pia j Ority of the 1 9 rCif Used to can- 
cel 'the; transcription coritipact, pr^i 
jEerriag^ ' to- hold his (tadio: -draw ' i)i 
theii- own Idtalitlesrfor . the . fllher 
makes of cairs." ; Only " One . bad caji^ 
celled out up to last week-^-iand 
that was a Kaiser-Frazer dealer id 
asked before they were placed ber Cincinnati. He dropped buying the 



31. 

:' ' Though pressed by the inquisi- 
tive: members to discuss what will 
be asked of music, publishers 
through the MPPA meetings, the 
MPCE council refused, to divulge 
In detail 'the terms , to be asked. 
This riled: those who wanted to 
know, and a long heated verbal disr 
cussion followed. Council members 
explained that it did not think it 
cricket to discuss the terms to be 



- New York Federal Court Justice 
Vincent L. Leibell changed his 
mind about ripping loose one of 
the seams in the structure of th« 
American Society of Composers, 
Authors and Publishers when he 
delivered a modified vdecision last 
week in the film-exhibition fee case 
pressed by the Independent Thea- 
tre Owners Assn. While, his revised 
stance benefited ASCAP in that ho 
opined it should not be forced to 
divest Itself of theatre perform- 
ance rights, he nipped both the 
Society, : plus writers and: publish- , 
ers who are non-ASCAP, by decid- 
ing that ASCAP could .not sell 
those rights So long as it continued 
being "an illegal combination and 
a monopoly." 

Whereas Leibell's original de- 
cision directed ASCAP to discon- 
tinue collecting, exhibition fees 
from theatres because, producers of 
pictures had already paid synehron* 
ization rightjs at the source, he had 
said that performance rights should 
be returned to the copyright own- 
er. This meant that either the pub- 
Usher of a song, or its writer or 
writers^ could sefiarately dispose 
of such rights— rand collect for 
them. The new decision makes 
it Impossible under the pres^ 
ent setup for the- collection of 
(Cdntiqued on page 42) 



Lawrence Welk Dps 
Palladium, LA., B.O. To 
Best Take in Years 

Hollywood, Nov. 2. 
' Lawrence Welk orchestra, which 
tonight (Tues.) commences its 
tfiird of a five-stanza stand at the 
Palladium ballroom, has given the 
terpalace quite a shot in the arm 
tioxoffice^Wise. Not since Woody 
Herman played «n engagement 
' back' in February-March has any 
orch gone into percentage, until 
Welk's advent. 

Booked in on $3;tf00 weekly 
guarantee against a: 50-50 split of 
iiU over $8,500 in door admissions. 
Welk bagged $3,400 on his first 
Week, and beyond a doubt bettered 
that take on his second. 

Trade circles here are wonder- 
ing if the first black-ledger biz 
iPalladium has had in quite a while 
Isn't occasioned by fact Welk crew 
is dispensing simple melodies, 
Prior to this booking Palladium 
housed a succession of jump bands. 
Yesterday (Mon.) on its day off 
from ballroom, Welk outfit made a 
short at Universal-International 
studio, using Clark Dennis, Mod- 
ernaires and Carolyn Grey as 
vocalists. 



SELLOUT {19,000 FOR 
H'WOOD JAZZ CONCERT 

Hollywood, Nov.:2» : 
Mammoth Dixieland jazz concert 
tossed at Pan-Pacific auditorium 
Friday (22) by KFWB disk jockeys 
Gene Norman and Frank Bull was 
a sellout. Gross at 8, 100-seat audi- 
torium was approximately $19,000, 
after taxes, at $3,60 top. Profit was 
not so lusty, however, since nut 
was very heavy. 
, It cost $3,000 to import Louis 
Armstrong combo and chirp Velma 
MiddletOn; $600 each for Eddie 
Condon and Wild Bill Davison. 
Nearly 50 local jazz figures, in- 
cluding Red NicholSi Lou McGar- 
rity, Eddie Miller, Nick Fatool, Kid 
Ory, Wingy Mannone, Matty Matr 
lock, Zutty Singleton, Pete Daily, 
Jess Stacyj Helnie Beau and Artie 
Shapiro got doble scale plus piece- 
meal cut on 50-50 split of profits 
wiUi promoters. 

AFM Blacklists Disk 

Label in 6G Debts 

Hollywood, Nov. 2. 

Disc Records, local odd-label^ 
has been slapped on American 
Federation of Musicians' blacklist 
by James C. Petrillo. Firm has 
been deemed unfair because it 
owes numerous musicians here a 
total of $6,000. 

Last December, Disc', along 
with other waxeries, was record- 
ing huge backlogs in face of disk 
ban starting Jan. 1. Company 
asked Local 47 here if it would 
okay giving notes to musicians for 
services, with understanding / these 
would be paid off early in 1948. 
Union agreed. 

Lately, musicians, accordmg to 
Phil Fisher, Local 47 recording rep, 
have complained thfy cannot col- 
lect on the notes. Union itself 
tried, then bucked the matter to 
Petrillo, who now has ordered label 
blacklisted. . 



fore the MPPA itself .since attend' 
ing union members undoubtedly 
would spread them about. Council 
told members that there was no 
question it was working in their 
behalf, not for the pubs^ and not to 
insist. That didn't entirely placate 
the inquisitive ones, but: the coun- 
cil Insisted upon refusLig to disr 
cuss the new contract. 

Most important of the new 
angles tO; be: sought by the contact- 
men is a pension plan under which 
indigent members of the MPCE 
will draw f u n d s. Argument 
between the council and members, 
incidentally, resulted in wires be- 
ing dispatched .to tradcpapers 
pointing : out "tonight's meeting 
(is) proof Music Publishers Con- 
tact union (is) dying slowly." It 
was signed .simply: "union mem- 
ber." 



transcriptions fromv Ziv, since 
Lombardo could be secured for the 
same product, through the live 
network show, without cost to him. 

Lombardo, incidentally, sold 
himself on the Kaiser deal. While 
playing the Statler hotel, Wash- 
ington, in August, he got chummy 
with Henry Kaiser himself, who 
had entered a speedboat in Poto- 
mac river events which Lombardo 
could not drive -in himself due to 
the Detroit crackup which put his 
own Gold' Gup: racer out of action 
for the year and which resulted 
in the maestro suffering a:. broken 
arm. ■■■■1 



Decca 55% Off 
lst9Mos.m'47 

Decca Records, net profit for the 
first nine months of this year is 
approximately 55% lower than the 
comparable period of 1947. Com- 
pany statement cited earnings of 
$550,877 for the first three quar- 
ters, after the setting aside of 

$337,634 against estimated taxes. ' are not high due to the long layoff. 
Earnings of the initial three- quar- he will have no tax problems. 



J.D. STARTS COLUMBUS 
HOTEL NAME POLICY 

Columbus, Nov. 2. 
Deschler-Wallich hotel here is 
going in for a name-band policy, as 
it Indicated' last spring when me« 
dium-name combos such as Ray 
Eberle, Ray Anthony, et al, did 
well. Hostelry has signed Jimmy 
Dorsey's orchestra for lour weeks 
beginning. Jan. 3, and will follow 
him with equally strong names. 

De.schler job will be Dorsey's 
first location of any length since 
he reorganized last month. Dorsey 
was out of action at his Coast home 
most of this year and expects to 
stay on the road almost exclusively 
until Jan. .1. Since his '48 earnings 



ters of '47 amounted to $1,116,483. 

Statement represents earnings of 
71c a share by 776,650 shares of 
capital :' stock outstanding, . as 
against the $1.44 per earned last 
year for the same period. 



Mercury Arranging 
Royalty Deals With 
Majestic Takeovers 

Mercury Records Is In the proc- 
ess of. arranging royalty deals on 
artists , whose masters it took over 
from Majestic . Records. Included 
in the huge pile of material it took 
title to are many sides done by 
artists who are no longer with 
Majestic; : and Mercury wants to 
market some of them, hence the 
royalty discussions, 

Among the initial albums Mercu- 
ry expects to release from the Ma- 
jestic material Is one by Percy 
Faith and a large orchestra. It 
was originally entitled "Exciting 
Music of Percy Faith," but that 
tag will be revised. 



Midwest Dancery 
Operators Map 
Natl Association 



Hollywood, Nov. 2. 

The Midwest Ballroom Opera- 
tors' Assn. is making a pitch to 
extend the organization to national 
scope. Larry Geer, terpalace 
operator In Fort Dodge, la., and 
policy-chartsman of the midwest 
group, has advised ballroom ops in 
Far West of his Intentions. A. rep 
of midwesterners will be sent hero 
to enlist support. 

Simultaneously, Geer's group 
will reach out to embrace ops in 
New England, mid-Atlantic states 
and the south. There has never 
been a national organization of' 
ballroom owners. The first target 
will be ASCAl». Demands will be 
made for general lowering of fees 
now charged by the Society for use 
of its catalog in the terpalaces. s 

It appears that the Western 
Ballroom Operators Assn., which 
sprang up here two years ago, will 
join Up with Geer en masse. Marty 
Landau, secretary of the western 
outfit, which has become almost 
moribund, has asked the 21 others 
who belonged to his organization 
to Join up with Geer, as he to 
doing. 



Macy's Ads Pump Out 
37,000 Varsity Disks 

Macy's, New York's largest de- 
partment store, drew unusually 
heavy reaction last week to half-, 
page ads run in one daily news- 
paper on EU Oberstein's new 39c 
•Varsit.v records. Inserted in 
Thursday morning's issues, the ads 
caused the store to dispose of over 
37,000 of the disks Friday and 
Saturday, exclusive, of mail orders. 
It put a truck in almost constant 
operation between Macy's and 
Varsity's Merlden, Conn., plant. 

Oberstein's : disks, which have, 
been unusually successful since 
launched during the summer, due 
to the low retail price, have risen 
steadily in sales totals. In August 
the company sold 438,000; in Sep- 
tember approximately 610,000, and 
close to 800,000 In October. Vir-. 
tually all sales are through chain 
stores, few through other chan- 
nels. 



Cuffo TC Yoicetracks 
Of Celebs as Publicity 

• Hollywood, Nov. 2. 

Bob . McLaughlin, disk- Jockey 
who has been contracted by Rexall 
Drug Co., to air nationally; got 
clearance from AFRA for the use . 
of transcribed voice tracks of', : 
celebs on his show. Ruling that a 
performer guesting on a disk pro- 
gram Is merely reaping publicity; 
not working, is precedental, 

McLaughlin's show is built on 
voice tracks, previously , recorded,: 
which introduce the platters about .: 
to be played, permitting disk jock to 
banter with personalties involved. 
AFRA ruling is that guests on radio 
programs get their regular pay for 
doing stint. Scale for a trasscrip- 
tion is $40 but in some cases the 
pay would run as high as $5,000, 
McLaughlin contacted AFRA ask- 
ing for a special meeting to review:' 
his case. Board of Radio .'Vrtlsts, 
after considering the problem, de-: 
elded that the stunt was publicity , 
for celebs and not subject to coin., 
payment such as a straight Inter-^ 
view . or guest appearance would be. 

Another point brought out at the 
board meet was that artists come to . 
McLaughlin and reuest to cut: 
voice trackSi He does not solicit 
them. Platter pu.sher did approach. 
AFRA when he first started th» 
i show over KLAC, locally, .and was 
giveh the go-ahead. McLbughlin 
] now has voice traqks In his library. 



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Weak Backlog Cues RCA Takmg 
Lead on Disking with AFM Peace 



In the event a settlement of the* 
reisording ban is okayed within a 
feW' weeks by the Department of- 
Justice, recording will resume at 
Varying speeds at different labels. 
In «ome cases a helter-skelter pace' 
will not be established because 
at this time the trade is busy with 
the annually huge Xmas business. 
Such activity, however, is confined 
to production and will not inter- 
fere with studio recording of new 
material In preparaMon for press- 
ing after Jan. 1. 

BCA- Victor, which is virtually 
shorn of all suitable pop material, 
most likely will take the lead in 
waxing. The condition of its cur- 
rent backlpg is what caused the 
anxiety of its executives to take 
the lead in negotiations to settle 
with the AFM. 

It's claimed by many execs of 
other companies that compara- 
tively little money will be lost by 
various manufacturers by the 
opening up of new recording. 
Backlogs created prior to last Jan, 
1 were pretty much depleted with 
all companies, and a big slice of 
what may still be on shelves is 
made up of standard material good 
for release. at any time. Of course, 
many tunes were made before the 
ban which never have and most 
likely never will be released, so 
bad were they adjudged on second 
hearings after the pre-ban hustle 
of cutting. These will represent a 
loss, but a comparatively small one 
considering the amount of money 
Invested in waxing prior . to last 
Jan. 1. 



Tops of the Tops 

Retail Disk SeUer 

"Buttons and- Bows" 

Retail Sheet IMusie SeUer 

"Tree In the Meadow" 

"Most Requested" Di«k 

"Maybe You'll Be There" 

Seller on Coin Machines 
"Tree In the Meadow^' 

British Best Seller 

"So Tired" 



BARRQN-OSFELD SET 
NEW BMI PUBLISHING CO. 

Blue Barron and Jack' Osfeld 
have completed arrangements with 
Broadcast Music, Inc., for estab- 
lishment of a new music firm to 
be titled Barron Music and op- 
erated by Osfeld. Agreement with 
BMI is not a performance deal, 
but a fuU-fledged financial affilia- 
tion, with coin being put up by 
both sides. 

; New 'arrangement will Incorpo- 
rate an old Barron deal with BMI 
for va firm which has been inac- 
tive and one titled Raymond Mu- 
sic, which Osfeld had set up under 
a BMI performance deal. 



As AFM Royalty Trustee 

Inside 'whisper is that Mrs. Anna 
Kosenberg,; former labor and in- 
dustrial adviser for Presidents Tru- 
man and Roosevelt, would become 
the trustee for the .American Fed- 
eration of Musicians royalty fund. 

Selection of a single trustee, 
either man or woman, is provided 
in the settlement worked out last 
week Jjetween James C. Petrillo 
and. the recording companies. Hope 
is to sidestep Taft-Hartley Act 
provision by putting the fund in; 
the hands of an outside trustee. 

However, before the deal is for- 
mally clindied, it will 'require; 
clearance. hei:e; from four Federal 
sources to give the platter^pressers 
and musicians assurance that it is 
okay to proceed full steam. These 
agencies are the Department of 
I Justice, Bureau of Internal Rev- 
[enue, National Labor Relatidtis 
{Bureau, and probably the joint 
j House-Senate Committee set up to 
, observe the T-H law in action and 
(recommend changes to remove the 
ibugs. 



ASCAP, Tele Interests in 1st Meeting, 
Confined to Discussion of Problems 



Disk Peace 

Continued from paee 1 



WB Pays Off on Tune 

Hollywood, Nov. 2. 
Sally Benson has collected 
$6,500 from Warner Bros, follow- 
ing a suit over screen rights to a I 
song used in "One Sunday After- I 
noon. 

The tune, "Girls Were Made to j 
Take Care of Boys," was co- ! 
authored by Miss Benson and 
Ralph Blane. 



'Music of Distinction' 

John R. Andrew, formerly direc- 
tor . 6t sales promotion for Asso'^ 
ciated-Muzak, has been elected 
president of Music of Distinction, 
Inc. : Company plans a new type 
of wired music service especially 
programmed for each subscriber 
based on a library of wide-range 
London records augmented by 
other recordings. , 

It has 'just been installed in the 
new. Rough Rider Room of the 
Hotel Roosevelt and the Hotel Mc- 
Alpin, N. Y. 



^RH' Logging System 



Richard Himber** new detielopmcnt in logging broadcast perform- 
onces lists tunes in the survey, based on four major network schedules. 
They are compiled on the bosij o/ l point for siistaininff iTistrMmental; 
2 points for stistatntnsr vocal;- 3 /or cornmerciol iristrwmentol; 4 for ^ 
■ ^{ymmerdal vocal; respectitiely, in cocJt of the Z vmjor territories. New \ former, were not happy. : They, 
; YoTlc, Chicoflio ond Goa-st. For example, a Gommerciol Vocol in all 
three territories counts 12. 



would bei allowed to proceed by 
the AFM pending governmental 
action on the plan. Obviously, that 
could not be true since neither the, 
AFM nor the recording men will 
know until, they're advised whether 
their plan will be acceptable under 
the terms of the Taft-Hartley law, 
However, it's felt by the cQskers 
that the election and its possible 
effect on administration personnel 
would not have any bearing on the 
evaluation of: the plan in. Washing- 
ton. 

. While' some recorders lean 
toward looking upon the settle-^ 
ment of the 10-month old record- 
ing ban as a complete victory for 
the manufacturers, that's not sub- 
stantiated by facts. The AFM did 
give in to the recorders on the idea 
of the latter making full retro- 
active payments of royalty sums 
since Jan. 1, last, when the ban 
began. But the AFMi if the settle- 
ment is eventually effected along 
the lines laid down last week, wlU 
retain its royalty fund idea. That's 
a victory for the union. 
. Reaction to the surprising get^ 
together of the AFM and repre- 
sentatives of . RCA-Victor and Co- 
lumbia were varied; Music pub- 
lishers, artists,, musicians and 
others ; connected- with record sales 
were naturally jubilant. Capitol 
and Decca chiefs, particularly the 



Week of Oct. 22 to Oct. 28 

Total 

Song Publisher Pts. 

Buttons and Bows — f'Pale Face" — Famous > > 169 

Here I'll Stay— H-'Love Life"— Chappeli 159 

Vou Were Only Fooling— Sliapiro . . . . . ... ., . . . , i. ..... . . . . . 153 

Hair of Gold— Robert 152 

Cuanto Le Gusta— t"Date With Judy"— Southern 137 

Isn't It Romantic — 1"I.sn't It Romantic" — Famous 126 

On a Slow Boat to China — Melrose 105 

You Call Everybody Darlin— Mayfair , 103 

Everyday I Love You— t"Two Guys From Texas"— Harms 103 

A Tree in the Meadow-— Shapiro . 102 

Maybe You'll Be There — Triangle 102 

Ain't Doin Bad, Doin Nothin— Spitzer 94 

Say Something Sweet to Your Sweetheart-^Mills^ .... ,.,■..«• • • • • 89 

Bluebird of Happiness— T. B. Harms 85 

Lavender Blue— Santly-Joy 85 

The Money Song— Crawford , 83 

It's Magic — f'Roraance on High Seas" — Witmark 81 

This Is the Moment— f'Lady in Krmine"— Miller 79 

You Came a Long Way From St. Louis— Jewel ...,,.,.«...•••«.. 78 

Underneath the Arches — Robbins i . ..,««. t . • 77 

Love Somebody — Kramer-Whitney i '3 

When You Left Me— Porgie 72 

Rambling Rose — Laurel • 72 

§ay It Isn't So— Berlin » u . • • 72 

it^s a Most Unusual Day— f'Date With Judy"— Robbins ...,,»... 71 

My Darling, My Darhng— '^"Where's Cliarley"— Morris 65, 

Until— Dorsey Bros 65 

Galway Bay — Leeds • ^1 

Down Among the Sheltering Palms— Miller 56 

Night Has Thousand Eyes— VNight Has Thousand Eyes"— Par. . . 56 

■What Did I Do— f'When My Baby Smiles at Me"— Triangle 55 

For You— Witmark 5f 

1 Don't Care If It Rains— ("Two Guys From Texas"— Witmark . . , 54 

Twelfth Street Rag— Shapiro ■ 54 

Bouquet of Roses— Hill and Range 52 

Put Em in a Box— f'Romance on High Seas"— Remick. 

1 Still Get a Thrill— Words and Music 

why Does It Rain on Sunday — Duchess 

A Hundred and Sixty Acres — Leeds 

I d Love to Live in Loveland---BVC . 



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That Certain Party— Bourne 37 

in My Dreami^Wizell - ^' 

Brush Those Tears From Your Eyes — tweeds ' ^\ 

Cornbelt Symphony— Mellin J5 

You Started Something— BMI %\ 

Just for Now— Advanced , > ii 

Bella Bella Marie— Lefeds 



along with Mercury and M-G-M 
execs; were left out in the cold on 
the final negotiations and did not 
know-that settlement was near un- 
til late Tuesday or early Wednes- 
day (26-27), when they were in- 
vited to a meeting in New York to 
ratify the plan Victor and Colum- 
] bia execs had arranged with the 
I AFM. There were no Capitol men 
I held responsible enough to act for 
j the company in New York at the 
I time, and a meeting of Gap's board 
I in Hollywood Thursday f25) after- 
noon gave its consent to go along. 
I Joe McGonnell, RCA-Victor at- 
torney, and James W. Murray, 
who had warned other recording 
companies two weeks ago when ne- 
>gotiations witli the AFM . were 
broken off that he would continue 
' to try reaching agreement, appar- 
ently made the settlement. Frank 
' White, Columbia Records prcsi- 
! dent, was also in on the talks. They 
j u'oned : things out alone, presum- 
I ably doing so deliberately because 
i of; the anti-.settlement attitude pre- 
i viously displayed by Capitol and 
! Decca, and then called the others 
I in. Victor was so anxious to set- 
. tie, it would have given in to the 
i union's demand for retroactive 
! rcvalties; its share of this alone 
would have amounted to $300,000, 
it's said. David Sarnoff; . RCA 
' board chairman, was a participant 
; in the final discussion before all 
I disk companies were- given the 
,plan. 

j If the deal is approved by the 
D. of J. it will run for five years, 
'and involve payment of royalties 
' from Sept. 30. It calls for, accord- 
1 ing to statements, from the AFM, 
l a single tru.stee to administer , the. 
1 fund. This angle still has some 
I diskcr attorneys believing the Gov- 
jernment men will reject the plan, 
.It also calls for a blanket 1% roy- 
ally on all disks below $1 in retail 
price, and a sliding scale above. 



A! Donahue in Coast I 
Run With Savitt Orch' 

Hollywood, Nov. 2. 
Al Donahue's orchestra opens at ; 
the Avadon ballroom here Friday 
(6) for an indefinite run. Maestro 
has returned, here to put a band in 
shape, for the job, after taking over 
leadership of the Jan Savitt or- 
chestra on a northwestern tour \ 
which ended Saturday (30). Sa- 
vitt died while on this trip. . I 
' Donahue only recently returned 
to the Coast alter a long stay in I 
the east, the majority of the time 
at Roy Gill's Totem Pole, Auburn- 
dale, Mass. 



HOTE NEW YORKER 
RETURN TO ICERIES 

New Yorker hotel. New York, 
will return to its ice : shpw policy 
when Bay . McKiiiley's orchestra 
exits in December.' Though Mc- 
Kinley has been doing well enough 
in biZ; the hotel gets so many | 
queries about the blades revue that > 
it has decided to return to it. I 

lAcKinley has been averaging 
over 1,000 covers a week since his 
opening some weelcs ago. with one 
act (Andrea, Andree and Bonnie), 
and that, plus the reduction in op- 
erating costs allowed by the ab- 
sence of the ice show, apparently 
has made McKinley's run a profita- 
ble one. But the ice policy is so 
well established that the hostelry 
feels it -must cut back to it. 



Subcommittees representing th« 
American Society of Compo.ser3, 
Authors and publishers, and tele- 
vision interests, had their first 
meeting Monday (1) in New Yorlt. 
Initial confab between the two fac- 
tions accomplished nothing. It 

was confined to the discussion of 
mutual and - individual, problems, 
operations, clearance of music, etc. 
There will be others shortly, even- 
tually winding up in the establish- 
ment of a rate structure for the 
use of copyrighted music within 
the ASCAP repertoire, which now 
is available to tele broadcasters at 
a token $1 a year rate.. 

ASCAP, however, still has not 
corralled enough agreements from 
individual publisher members to 
represent tiiem in video music- 
rights sales. According to ASCAP 
bylaws, the Society requires okays 
from 80% of its members on such 
problems, and that percentage -has , 
not been reached. It is stated 
that signed agreements, extending 
ASCAP's tele representation rights 
two years beyond the current 
shortrterm contract ^ (expires Dec. 
31, next), are coming in faster than 
they did when the expiring, con- 
tracts were sent to members for 
signature. Society expects to.< 
achieve the 80% margin, within * - 
short time. 

Meanwhile, publishers who were 
asked several weeks ago -by Harry 
Fox, agent and trustee, to allow 
NBC free use of music for re- 
broadcast purposes^ have been go- 
ing along with the request. NBC 
will have the right to reproduce 
live video shows on film, for broad- 
cast on tele outlets in other: secr 
tions of the country, for free until 
Jan. 1 next. 



Lillette— Jefferson ^2 

Rendezvous With a Rose— Jay-Dee , . . , ^\ 

Ah But U Happens-rBoume . , . . ■ ; . < ..>.».. . 



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r Joe . Rcicfaman band lx>oked ior 
\MUral Room, Baker hotel, Dallas, 
i Opening Nov. 6. 



Songs with Largest Radio Audience 

The top 32 sonjjit of the week based on the copyrighted Audi- 
ence Coverage Index Surrey of Popular Music Broadcast Over 
Radio Networks. Published by Uie Office of Research, Inc., Dr. 
John G. Peatman, Director. : 

Survey Week of October 22-28, 1948' 
A Tree In the Meadow .......... . w\. ; . Shapiro-B . 

Ain't Doin' Bad Doin' Nothin' : : . . . ,.\ .......... , . .Spitzer 

Blue Bird of Happiness . i . . . . . . . . . . .T. B. Harms 

Buttons and Bows — ^f'Pale Face", .... ....i. Famous . . 

Confess , . Ox^ford 

Cuanto Le Gusta— f'Date With Judy" Southern 

Down Among the Sheltering Palms Miller 

Ev'ry Day I Love You Harms 

Galway Bay Leeds 

Hair Of Gold Robert 

Here I'll Stay— *"Love Life" Chappeli 

I Still Get a Thrill Words & M 

.I'd Love to Live in Loveland. . . ..BVC 

Isn't It Romantic — flsii't It Romantic" Famous 

It's a Most Unusual Day — t*'Date With Judy" Robbins 

It's Magic — f'Romarice On High Seas" Wit-mark 

Lavender Blue Santly-Joy 

Love Somebody . . ... ... ... . . . i . . . ; . . . Kramer-W 

Maybe You'll Be There . . ... . ... ... ..... . Triangle . 

My Darling, My .Darling-^*"Where's Charley''* .. . Morris ^ 

My Happiness Blasco , 

On a Slow Boat to China Melrose 

Rambling Rose Laurel 

Say It Isn't So Berlin 

Say Something Sweet To Your Sweetheart, ...... . .Mills 

Twelfth Street Rag Shapiro-B 

Underneath the Arches. , . . ... ... , . ...... . . . ». Robbins 

Until .- Dorsey Bros. 

When You Left Me '. Porgie 

You Call Everybody Darling Mayfair 

You Came a Long Way~fr0m St. Louis Jewel 

You Were Only Fooling X*. Shapiro-B 



The remaining 20 songs f)f the week, based.on the copyrighted 
Audience Coverage Index Survey of Popular Music Broadcast 
Over Radio Networks, Published by the Office of Research, Inc., 
Dr. John G. Peatman, Director. 

A Hundred; and Sixty Acres . . ... . . . .. . . : . , . . Leeds 

Ah But It Happens , , Bourne 

Bella Bella Marie Let-ds 

Bouquet of Roses Hill & Range 

Brush Those Tears Prom Your Eyes , , .... Leeds 

By the Way— f'When My Baby Smiles at Me"....BVC 

Cool Water American 

For You , Witmark 

I Don't Care If It Rains All Night ■ Witmark 

In My Dreams Wizell 

Just for Now : Advanced 

Money Song Crawford 

Night Has Thousand Eyes— f'Night Has Eyes" .... .Paramount 

Put 'Em in a Box — f 'Romance on High Seas" Remick 

Rendezvous With a Rose Jay Dee 

Steppin' Out With My Baby Berlin 

Take It Away . . Peraora 

That Certain Party Bourne 

This Is the Moment Miller 

Walkin' With My Shadow Johnstone-M 

What Did I Do— f'When My Baby Smiles" Triangle 

Why Does It Have to Rain On Sunday Duchess 

You Started Something BMI 



*Jiegit Musical, t Fi Imtisical. 
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88 



Wednesday, November S, 1948 



Suggest Industry-Operated Sheet I 
With Musical Programs as Fulcrum 



Months of argimienl over Dr> 
^obn Peatman's song-perfoi-maiice ; 
measurement sheet, and the recpnt 
hullaballoo between Hollywood 
contactmen and their New York 
bosses over the establish menl ol 
an RH Log listening post, culmi- 
nated last week in the circulation 
of a suggestion for an industry- 
operated sheet. Writer of the pian, 
■presumably a contactman, dis- 
patched his detailed ideas to mu- 
sic publishers for consideration, 
but didn't identify himself. 

Gist ol the plan is to measure 
.song performances only on; shows 
■Which perform songs in . a manner 
wtiich helps the song, subsequently 
the publisher — a(id to include ma- 
jor disk jockey shows in the com- 
pilation. For e.-tample, it's pointed 
out that song, performances by 
Bing Grosby, Frank Sinatra. Perry 
Como, JDick Ilaymes, Jo Stafford, 
Andrews JSisters, Guy Lombardo, 
. etc;, are more advantageous to a 



Band Review 



rOMMY DORSET ORCII. (16) 
With Lucy Ann Polk, Denny Den- 1 
nis, Frank Adams, Quintet 
Hotel Pennsylvania, N. Y. | 
' About as polished ah .orchestra ; 
as there is, and a combo that rates , 
with the best Tommy Dorsey ever [ 
gathered under his trombone. And ; 
the band is not composed of the 
huge sections normally expected 
of T. I), since the war years 
brought those 25 to 30-man crews. 
Dorsey's Avartime bands were not 
nearly as unwieldy as contempo- 
rary units, but even so there's a 
big dillerence in the maneuvering 
of his current four trumpets, three 
trombones!, five sax, three rhythm, 
plus seven vocalists. Latter com- 
prises a quintet plus Lucy Ann 
Polk, Denny Dennis, English bari- 
tone Dorsey brought liere last 
Frank Adams, from 



Best British Sheet Sellers 

(Week ending Oct. 28 1 
London, Oct. 29. 
So Tired , . . ... . .Connelly 

Mv Happiness . Chappell 
You Can't Be True .Chappell 

Galway Bay Box & Cox 

When You're in Love Wood 

Buttons and Bows Victoria 

Dream of Olwen , . . .Wright 
Woody Woodpecker . Leeds 

Rambling Rose Dash 

October T\\ilighl . ,Dash 
All Dressed Up > Cinephonic 
La Vio en Rose Gay 

Second 12 

Ballerina Maurice 
Four Leaf Clover . F. D. & 11. 
Little White Lies . ,■ ■ Wriglit 
Call Everybody Darling-Morris . 
Beyond the Stars . . . Feldman' 
Underneath Arches. Connelly 

Ilearlbreaker Leeds 

When Organ Played Miller 
Say It Every Day . Kassner 
Anything I Dream . . . Reed 
Tears on Mv Pillow. Norris 
Dickey Bird Song . . F.D.&IL 



Jocks, Jukes and Disks 

I By Bernie Woods ' 



i A couple of indie labels have dur- 
ing the past few weeks exhibited a 
tcnilencv toward beating the ma- 
Ijors'at their own game bj releas- 
1 ing recordings of pop tunes pushed 
,by major publishers. That's usu- 
,aily the beginning of the end lor 
^ the indie who tries it, based on past 
! history. 

1 Up until now, the success of the 
I dozens of small labels in existence 
throughout the country has been 
' due only to the realization that 
I they cannot top the majors' name 
'artists performing "Hit Parade 
I melodies. That lorced the lesser 
1 companies to hunt for and bring 
I out obscure tunes by obscure art 



parent in his comedy routines— a 
voice witli pow er-range, and an un- 
derstanding ol melodic values. 11 is 
"Darling" side, backed by the Star- 
dusters, is the best version of the 
tune to date, and the spinning of 
It gives jocks added conversation 
re his rating as a laugh man. "Darl- 
ing" is done at easy ballad speed 
and is brightly underlined by Star- 
dusters and i rhythm' acconip, in- 
cluding a b.o. celeste break. 
I'Brenda -Lee',' gets a slightly corn 
treat meht from the comic's iiexibia 
pipes and is a strong job in itself . 
"Tlial Certain Party" shows Hajes 
in a bouncy vein and the tlipover 
puts liira in another light cntivelv. 
It's also strong, althougli "Darling" 



spring, and 

publisher's promotional efforts on , the mixed- fivesonie 
a given melody than plugs on high- ' Dorsey has been on the road 
er-rated Hooper shows such as „.i1l) the outfit for a year or so, 



Jack Benny, Fitch Bandwagon, 
Fibber McGee. Bob Hope, el al. 
And since they are more valuable 
-from a demonstration standpoint, 



off and on. lie feels it's the best 
band he's e\er had. Tliat is prob- 
able from a strict perfoi-mance 
standpoint, but it seems that 



rather tlian from the standpoint , the grouping with which Dorsey 



of the number of listeners that 
might hear a plug on the bigger- 
'pame broadcasts, they should be so 
rated. 

Letter also suggests that a. com- 
mittee of five men be appointed 
.-from . witliin the industry, to decide 
even, ^on ■'presumptive" ; evidence 
which performers are payolas, and 
eliminate their broadcasts from 
figuring in the final compilation. 
Answer here is that publishers pay- 
ing for plugs cannot under cur- 



started out, in 1938, and which 
launched him into the big money 
via '•Marie" and "Song ol India," 
worked with more spirit. Thai's 
an argument, however, vthat will 
onlv get you an argument. And 
such comparisons have nothing to 
do witli the excellence of the cur- 
rent combo. . 

Two things strike a listener im- 1 orchestra 
mediately about this band. Firstly 
it works- so coiT_ 
and generates such 
thes entire combination 



Buyers Resist 
Shaw s Plans 
To Resume 



the bigg - - , , 

riionth^ they have been turning out 
tunes that were started to\y«rd liiit- 
dom by indies. . . ^ ^ . 

But tlie latter cannot worjc m re- 
verse and hope to siirvlve. ^ The 
majors can steal fi'oni the;ininors, 
but the minors cannot buck their 
rivals with "Hit Pai-adti." nielodies, 
no niiattef how conl'iderifr they may 
be as a result of odd-tune hits, 
Vitacoustlc, Chicago ihdiei trieft it 
to somte exieht a year oi- more, ago 
i to rise out tlie indie class after it 
hit solidly with the Harraohieats' 
I recording of '!Peg O' My. Heart," It 
I poured a lol. of the profits of that 
Artie Shaw is running: into defi- 1 disk back into the business, buying 
, nite buyer resistance to his idea i artists and cutting masters before 
of organizing a band around clari- 1 the Jan. 1 disk ban, and wound up 
Inetist Bob Keene and sending it '"g^^^^^^^^^^^ 

on the road under the t. e. "Artie „.a'^r'*f\er clicking - with Francis 
i Shaw Presents . ."Its Shaw's | ^.^i,, "Near You' 
i idea that he will work with the i ."g^g y^yj, pj, 

on certain theatre and jpt' acquired a long list of artists 



Ll^^iteKWcott^:!^^^^^^^^^^^ the-best resuit, 

the b i g g e r manufacturers. For , ot the toui sioes. 



Savannah ChurchhlU "How 
Could I Know"-"It's Raining 
Down In Sunshine Lane" (Maiion. 
Miss Churchhill occasionally digs 
herself a hit tune and she may 
have another with the 'How Could 
I Know Side." It's a commercially 
g 0 o d melody with an excellent 
lyric, and slie does it well at bal- 
lad speed, wi th a spoken -line 
break ala the Ink Spots. .locks 
should like it. Backing is nothing 
to get excited about. 

Barclay Allen "Tea for Two"- 
"Siboney" (Capitol). Both sides ex- 
cellent for jock use, with "Tea" 
a standout. It grooves Allen's ex- 
cellent pianistics in tandem with 
sharp guitar pluckling, backed by 
bouncy rhythm. Worked al easy- 
beat, it's legit Frankie Carle but 



Lf,.nAu l'»g'i'v commercial. Reverse is a 
vH, J? " 1,;? I i-humba ride also studded by spark- 
. „ ;f " ,.TtL?;ilint{ guitar and rhythm. It comes 



rent economics underwrite both 1 jdly and provocatively. That stems 
payolas and a staff of contactmen, m a large measure from the great 
and have been letting the latter go. I arrangements provided by Sy Ol- 

I iver. and others, which give the 




Kassner to New York 
To Set Yank Deals 



I liold down the brass by immersing 
r«» Dn»:«L M..<.:»! section in hats, but if that's the 
for DritlSu InUSIC.case it should be something for 

T ™j /-»„t nc Dorsey to continue. 

London, Oct. 26. i _ , , , . 

A series of deals affecting the . Po^l? ''^ads, tJie vocal div;- 
exploitation and marketing in the i ''I""-, which makes the Penn s 

U. S. of British film music and ■ 1^ -^^^^ 
«n.n.. n,.iti.-v, ,„,„.i„. (W'aiting room (there were eight 

^IIZa^^,! it , ° u l°" singers, but Gordon Polk is out) 
tiated personally next month by , g],g turns out 
Edward Kassner, prexy ol Edward pop.;, along with Denni.s. And the 



that doesn't go with buyers who 
have beei. offered the band. , ' 
■ They insist that Shaw no longer 
band a slightly different sound | ''as much bo. appeal (unless it 
i than one is accustomed to hear ' has been enhanced by the Kathleen 
I out of a T. D. band. This sound i Winsorrdivorce publicity ) , even if 
I may stem from Dorsey's efl'orts to i he were to work with the band 



pared by major publishers pi 
the ban. Bullet is i^i business and 
has had no difficulty, but he hasn't 
had an outstanding hit U takes 
more than a hit or two to build a 



fulltime.. Though Tex Beheke did, 
very well with the, GJeim Miller 
name , immediately , aftei; being disf 
charged from service, it's pointed 
out that there were othter. ciriiUm- 
stances that helped, 'Firstly, Mil- 
ler's -b.o. reiputation, was still tre- 
mendousi (a$ indicated bJ' the coh- 
,, , . , . stanl sjles ot his recordings by 

Allf, . A^i!?i *J^„'RC' A -Victor), plus which there was 



lumbia). Columbia bought tlie "Re- 

ces§" master /(with bthersV f rO m a 

Coast inclie. ivhen it began making 

noise locally. It's an unusual tune 

, , ~ vi:_» t...^!-. nn \ v\n I with a good lyric, and . Grissoui 

01 &Ti^^uni^^^^^ eood jock stuff 

kid wle' mam i ems aTe neiiP f"^ ;;''t>?,^P"«hi"e 

t fiv I in the east lis embroidered with 

and; 
artists.- 

Unfortunately for the indies, the 
current mar k e t is difficult and 



nV-k nm- 1 r tu. es I 's »e sonnel ^^e east It's embroidered with 
.^^^d'' d-^'trittt'oTVlieVtS^^rr.} soUd .X l.ip- 



Johnny Laurenz "Red Roses 'for 
a Blue Lady''-"Somebody's Lyin' " 



against building artists with name I iMercury). Laurenz and Mcuuiy 
enough to buck the majors. An art- 1 may have something with the 
ist, even those on the big labels, "Roses" side. A commercial tune 
is as good as his or her last disk, i with a listenable lyric, it's per- 
That biings the indies' problems 1 lornied simply and at a bright 
back to tunes. And they cannot dance beat by Laurenz, with p.ir- 
bcat the maiors with top pops, .tial choral accompaniment and in- 
rheir forte is the, unusual. It's islrumontal background. .1 o r k s 

should give it a try. Backing iac« ; 



Kassner Music' Oo, Yale Music qriintet.'Thic'h joined'oors'eTwhen ^ ^^^"^ attached to the 

Corp., and Merrln Melodies. Kass- , he opened here, is constantly en- 
per is sailing for New York on iarging itr, repertoire. They work 
Nov. 5, accompanied by his part- ' neatly. Adams only began ban- 
ner, Sydney Bron, head of one of i dling Polk's novelties, etc, and is 
the biggest orchestration-disti ibul- ' t'l'll uncertain. He adds a diffei-| 
Ing firms in this counlr\, ' ffl (ouch. He 'looks so much like' 

;■. The. partners intend to establish i l''rank, Sinatra, T. DvS top alum- j ^...^ 

mis that Penn pati'ons do a ' over fioni Norman Fink He'll by the niteiy and radio comic im- Places"-"My Own True Lo\o 
dpilble- talye. , . W oody contact di.sk jocks as well as artists, derscore what always has been ap- 1 (Capitol). Miss Whiting may ; have 

,\v' ' 'i~:~~r- ---'. ' ' -s'^ .' h^' '^ cr' ',,> -'t-'--^— .~ .] a. followup to her "Tree In the 

Meadow" sales .skyrocket in the 



* regular channel in the U. S. for . 
their British material, and in this ' 
connection will be negotiating with , 
J. J. Robbins, Leed'< Music, and ' 
the Dave Dreyer Music Coip. 
Kassner, who is handling a large' 
slice ol the film music liom tlie 
Rank Organization, will also be ' 
having a special session with Jock 
Lawrence, Rank's No. 1 puhlici'.l. . 
in New York. One of the subjects 
on this meeting's agenda is ex- 
ploitation by Lou Levy. o£ Leeds 
Music, of the title song ol the film 
"Miranda," shortlj to be leleased 
In the Stales by Eagle Lion i 

Bron and Kassner may also be i 
planing to Hollywood during their 
five to six weeks' American slay 
for consultations with film com- 
pany executives regarding music I 
exploitation in Britain 

This will be Kassnor^s fii-,t Msit 
to the U. S. Ilis oi-ganuatioii li,js ] 
only shot into prominence in the 
past two and a halt yeais, since 
when it has exploited in America 
hits such as "How Lucky Voii 
Are," "Bow Bells." and ' Shoe 
maker's Serenade " The ouUil's 
latest. "Say It E\ery Dav " nou-i 
due for America plugging In i 
Leeds, was recorded and bioaclcdsi 
by Dinah Shore during her recent 
Palladium season. 



combo vi. Miller's untimely death --b^^.,^ ^^.t,,,. 

wh le in set vice. Shavy has none . pet^, Hayes-Starduslcrs i also sounds gopd. In shuffle 

ol those angles in his favor. , ..jyiy Darling,' My Darling"- 'Dainty iihythm, the piece sounds like "Vou 

iBrenda Lee"; "That Certain Party"- .Call Everybody Darlin" at th« 

Duchess Musir is not closing its - "Lile Gets Tee-jus" (Dceca). Peter slart and spreads out into a satis- 
Chicago office. Doc Berger. j Lind Hayes Is a dofinile hit poten- j fying side. * 
formerly at the N, Y. office, takes | lial on disks. These first four sides Margaret Whitinfr ' Faraway 



^fUETY 

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4-' 



6. 
7. 
8. 
9. 
10. 



10 Best Sellers on Coin-Machines 

™ ,N .-.EADow <,2. (sh.p,r..B, { KS'LE".".". : ."ES 

BUTTONS AND BOWS (3) (Famous) Diilnh. iShore ColiiDibia; 

UNTH^ (3^ (Dorsey) , Tommy Dorsey Victor 

• .. ■,! Jon & SQUfha Steele . . ,'. .Damon 
, ■ . pi^£i pipexi):, i . . i . . . . ,. Cflpi.fol , 

.?..:■- ( Curdoti Jfiil^ins Dccca 

" ' ' 1 F.ddy Hoirard . . . Majestic 

, \ PoHs Dtiy Co !'('.■! bin 

Hai/ine.s ............. Decca 

nru STREKT RAG (ID (Shaplro-B) Pee Wee flujit Copiiol 

HAIR OF GOLD (11> -(Robert) .." ' /"^''' ^-nf-rfon Metroloue 

I HarmoincaiA ViHversal 

SLOW BOAT TO CHINA (1) (Mch-ose) Kay Ki/ser Coliiti.bia 

YOU CALL EVERYBODY DARLING (17) (Mayfalr) J^^' T"'"''' „• 

I Andreirls SiSiU'rs . . . 



1. 

■2,; 

3. UN'HL (3) (Dorsey) 

4. MY HAPPINESS (24) (Blasco) 

6. MAYBE YOU'LL BE THERE (13) (Tilanitle) 



IT'S MAGIC (18) (Witmaik) 



. Decca 



Coming Up 



SAY SOMETHING SWEET (Mills) 



Don Cornell «Sihgles 

In Philfy Experiment 

Don Cornell, lead vocalist with 
Sammy Ka.ye's band, launches a 
temporary single singing act Fri- 
day (5) at Frank Palunibo's Giro's 
Club, Philadelphia, for one week, .■ 
Singer will eventual]? solo with' 
Kaj'e's assistance and backing, and 
Is doing the week at Giro's as an 
•xperiment. . ■ 

Kaye's band is laying off for 
three weeks as of Saturday (30;. 



il 



:,( /ufc . Spots „■...: . . . . Decca 

I Ajiiie S'Mfon; . . . . .Lotidoji ■ 

Cl'ANTO LA GUSTA (Soulhenu . U'Uraiidrt Aildrems Sis Decca 

IXawier Cuc;a( Columbia 

LIFE GETS TEE.IUS (Miller) ^ Corson Robtusoii M-G M 

YOU WERE OIVLY FOOLING (Shapiro-B) Blue Barron M G-M- 

FOR YOU (Witmark) . ' Gordon Jeii/diis," .".Deccci 

EVERY DAY I LOVE YOU (Harms) '^'^''^ l^nn^^es Decca 

• ■ • I Jo Staflord : Captfol 

RAMBLING ROSE (Laurel) ( Perry Como. Vicfor 

••• [Tony Pflsipr,,,,, Columbia 

IT'S TOO SOON TO KNOW (Morris) . , ., i Orioles iVflftiral 

" lElla Fitigevald -Dccfa 

BLUEBIRD OF HAPPINESS (T. B. Harins) Art Mooney M-G-M 

COOL WATER (American) i Vaughn- Mdnroe Vicfor 

• • " I Nellie Ltifc'/KV Capitol 

WHAT DID I DO (BVC) I ffelpii Forrcs'f flf G M 

tDi?m;i Shore , , . , .Cohiiiibm 

BELLA BELLA MARIE (Leeds) Andrcu-^ iiWcrs . . D^cca 

[Fifliurc* in pare)i<iicscs t7idica(e number oj weehs song has been in the Top 10.] 



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Places" side; A fine melody bal- 
lad, she does It. with understand- 
ing, assisted by the Crew Chieis 
and full orchestral backing, .locks 
will spin it aplenty. "True liOvc." 
fi'om the film of the same name. j« . 
promising, but it'll be a long pull 
before and it anything happens with 
it; it's a "smart" melody and lyric, 
done well by the singer. 

Louis Prima ''Anywhere In Texas ■ 
R F D "-"That Certain Party (Vic- 
tor) Prima's still trying with that 
"CiviIi',!ation" formula and the; 
"Texas" side may be what lie's 16ok-- 
ing tor. A neat novelty, performed 
in , a moderate bounce : groove-,: 
vocalled by Prima anil the band, 
it will get reaction from jocks On 
tlve reverse; the maestro takes a 
swipe at Benny Strong's big apple 
Cl'ower). It turns out well. Prima 
gives it a twist with his gravel- 
\oiced s1\le that figures to get il 
some sales attention. It bounces . 
easily, too, . 

Evelyn Knight "A Little Bird 
Told Mc"-"Brush Those Tears" 
(Decca 1. Two promising tune? 
snagged from indie labels, and the 
"Bird" side is the dilly of the two. 
Ifs a perfect tune for Mis.s 
Knight's, style and it unrolls as a 
very promising hit with jocks and 
jukes alike. Cut at a bright tempo, 
the novelty and Miss Knight Kct 
able aid from the Stardusters and • 
instrumental accomp. It's good. 
"Tears ' hits a mark, too, done in 
shuffle rhyihm, with the Stai- 
rusters to help, it works into a 
saleable side. 

Frankie Laine "Tara Talara 
Tala"-"You're All I Want for 
Xmas" (Mercury), Laine's style is 
solidly suitable to the Italian adai)^ 
tation sprung first a couple wccki 
ago by Johnny Desmond (M-G-iM . 
He makes ol it a side that .lock'* 
will u.se often, and it can easib 
tContiAucd on page 40) 



f^KMEfr 



39 



DISK JOCKEYS and JUfCE BOX OPERATORS 

THIS IS IT! 




Consecutive 

BIG HIT! 



And His ORCHESTRA 



M G M RECORDS 



40 



ORcmssTRA-^frsic 



WednescTay, NovemLer 3, 1948 



Bands at Hotel B.O.'s 



Eddy Duchin. . , . 
Bay McKinley*. , 
Guy. liombardo . 
Tommy Dorsey . 



Weekii 

Hold I'lajed 

. ..Waldorf (400; $2) 4 

. . New Yorker (400; $1-$J.50) . . . . 4 

..Roosevelt (400; $1.50-$2) 5 

..Pennsylvania (450; $1.50-$2)... 4 



Conn 
Week 

2,625 
1,100 
2,450 
2,000 



Ifotal 
CoTen 
On Data 

11,900 
4,100 

12,750 
9,023 



• A'eic Yorker, ice show; WaXdorj. Peter hind Hayes-Mary Healy. 

Chicago 

Victor Lombardo (Marine Hoom, Edgewater, 700; S1.20 cover). Dance- 
able orch makes it popular spot with neat 3,(500. 

Joel Merman (Mayfair Room, Blackstone, 350; $3.50 min.-$l cover). 
Joan Edwards doing pert job on two-week stay with big 3,000. 

Benny Strong (Boulevard Room, Stevens, 650; $3.50 min.-$l cover). 
Ice Show popular with visitors. Sbarp 3,000. 

OrifT WllUanu (Empire Room, Palmer House, 550; $3.50 min.-$l 
cover). CoQvensh play still heavy. Hearty 3,400. 



Geol Levy Partied 

London, Nov. 2. 
Anne Shelton, London Records 
Singer, tossed a party here last 
'week for George Levy, treasurer 
I of Leeds Musics here on a business 
visit. Party was to celebrate the 
success of Miss Shelton's record- 
ing of "Galway Bay." which Leeds 
publishes in the U. S. London 
had advised her that the disk was 
selling bigger than Grade Fields' 
"Now Is the Hour" hit of last 
year. 

Levy expects to be in London a 
couple more weeks discussing with 
Peter Maurice the reciprocal pub- 
lishing deal that firm holds with 
Leeds. 



Location Jobs, Not in Hotels 

. (Clitcaflo) 

Bel Courtney (Trianon; $1-$1.15 adm.). Second week holding up 
vitli husky 14,000, 

Cee Davidson (Chez Paree, 500; $3.50 min.). Davidson in Fri. (29) 
with Harvey Stone; Sophie Tucker and Marty Gould orch closed (28). 
Boff 5,500. 

Eddy Howard (Aragon; $1-$1.13 adm.). As always, local fave doing 
excellent $16,000. 

Al Trace (Blackhawk, 500; $2.50 min.). Corn pipers continue with 
amazing and smash biz, for giant 3,800. 



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BMI 7Sf-^S^ 

HIT TVmS FOR ISOr EMBER 
BOUQUET OF ROSES (Hiii t Rang.) 

Dick HaymM-Dsc. 24506 • Eddy Arnold-Vic. 20-280* 
R*x Turnarr-Vafsity tool 
CITY CALLED HEAVEN (Warren) 
Uiio Moa Garlitla-Bluabird 11271 : • Will BradUy-Col. 36197 
Shap Fialdt-Bluabird 1125S • Glen Gray-,^Dec. 69838 
Ut Brdwh-Okah 6367 • Borry Wood-Vic. 27589 

COOL WATER (Amancon) 

Vaughn Monroa-Vic. 20-2923 • Nallia Lutcher-rCa|k. ;15148 
Kala Smith— M6M 30059 • Danvar Darling— Deluxt 5014 
Sons of lha Pionaart-Dac; 46027, Vic. 20-2076, Vic. 20-1724 
Tax Ritlar-Dinning Sitlart— Cap, 48206 • Foy WiHing-rMaj. 6000 

CUANTO LE GUSTA (Pear) 

AndraWi Sitlara-Carman Miranda— Dac. 24479 
Eva Yeung^Vic. 20-3077 • Xaviar Gugat-Col. 38239 
. Jack Smith— Cap. 15280 

DON'T BE SO MEAN TO BABY (campb.ii) 

Paggy laa-Cap. 15159 • Doka Ellingten-Col. 38295 

HAIR OF GOLD, EYES OF BLUE (Maiiin) 

Jack Emarien—Matrolona 2018 • John lauranz— Mar. 5171 
Art Lund-MGAl 10258 • Gordon MacRaa-Cap; 15178 
Harmonicatt- Univartal 121: * Jim Smith— Var«ity.109 
Jack lathrop-Vic. 10-3109 • Bob Ebarly-Dac. 24491 

I WANT TO CRY (EKtisiori 

Chris CroM— Starling 4004 • Savonnah Churchill— Manor 1129 
Dinah Washington— Marcury 8082 * Phil Raad—Danca-Tona 216 
Juonita Riot-Snub Me>lay^$pin S49 > ' 

IN MY DREAMS (Wiiaii) 

Vaughn Monroa-^ Vic. 20-3133 

LONESOME (Rapubiic) 

Sammy Kaya-^Vic. 20-3025 . 

PLAY THE PLAYERA (Mark.) 

Xaviar Cugot-Vel. 38188 
Snooky Lanson—Marc. 5188 * Padro Vargai— Vic. 13-1045 
Enoch Light— M6M 10307 • Edmundo Ro>— london* 

RENDEZVOUS WITH A ROSE (Joy-o..) 

Buddy Clark-^Col. 38314 • Bob Eberly^Dec. 14491 
Pcppar Naaly— Bullat 1056 • Pi»d Pipert-'Cap. 15216 
Don Rodney-MGM 10171 • Dick Wong^D&D 45-1903 
Snooky tanton— Marc. 5188 • Fred Gray— Apollo 1131 
Bob Stav»art.^Ma-Ro 7469 • Westoniani-Sig. 1042 
Bobby Worth-Ca»tle 1258 • Waller Schaff-Spiro 3002 

I SUNDAY IN OLD SANTA FE (p.mora) 

Xavier Cugat— Col. 38327 • Jote Morcind-Vic. 26-9034 
, Andy Ruiiell— Cap. 15158 

I TUNE ON THE TIP OF MY HEART (Encor.) 

Sammy Kaye-Vic. 10-2746 

IWALKIN' WITH MY SHADOW (Johnstone-Montei) 

I Four Knights-Dec. 48014 • Jimmia Valentine Quortet-^Varsity 107 
I Jack , McLean-Wayne Gregg— Coast 8001 • Monica lewis— Sig. 15229 

WHEN YOU LEFT ME (Porgie) 

.. Larry Green-'Vic. 20-2049: • Russ Morgan— Dec. 24503 , 

WHY DOES IT HAVE TO RAIN ON SUNDAY 

, • • (Duchess) -• . , ■ 

_,Freddy Martin-Vic. 20-2557 ; • Snooky Lanson-Mer. 5081 
Milt Herth Trio-Dec. 14388: .• Beale St. Boys-MGM 10141 
Dennis Day— Vic. 20-2377 

WITH A TWIST OF THE WRIST (P«.mar) 

. ■ Kay Kysar-Col. 36075: • Tony Pastbr-^BI. II022 

YOU STARTED SOMETHING (bmd 

I Tony Paiior-Col. 38297 • Pegcjy Mann-Russ Case«.^Vic. 20-3080 
Jack Edwards-MGM 10214 
Korn Kobblar»-MGM* • Mildred Bailey-Mai.* 
YOU WALK BY (CovalierJ 

Eddy Duchin— Col. 35903 • Chariotee;rs-Col. 36017 
Waxn« Ki9g.7-Vic. 27206 • Jerry Wayne-Bobby Byrne-Dec, 3613 
YOU WERE ONLY FOOLIN' (Barron-Shapiro-Bernstein) 

. Blua Barron— MGM T0I85 • Ink Spots— Dec. 24507 ' 
Kay Starr— Cap 15226' • Eric Whitley-Grean'Sittar's^Col. 38323 

'Soon To Be Released 



LAURE MUSIC BUYS 
'DEED I DO' STANDARD 

Tommy Valando's new Laurel 
(Music last, week purchased the 
copyright of the standard '"Deed! 
Do" from Lincoln Music. Song, 
which stiU has eight: years to go on 
its original copyright, will take a 
place in Laurel's song promotion 
plans of the next couple months. 
There are recordings of: it by 
Peggy Lee, Lena Home, etc. 

Walter Hirsch and Fred Rose 
wrote the .tune, which Valando 
bought outriglrt for an undisclosed 
sum. He bought the copyright to 
"There' Must Be a Way," from 
Stevens, Music^ in a similar move 
months back. 



^^'^^^ (musical'Hislorical Reviete: 1800-1948) **** 

Coinpilcd for i^^RIETY 
By JULIUS MATTFELD 

(Copyright, Variety,' fnc. All Right) Raiarvad) 

lagefids and other boii< JbacJigravnd tnferniation. aHandanf fa lha compilation 
and praiantatian, appcartd In tfl* Oct. <, IMI, iai oa ; wfian f ft* Kan'My Song 
Cavolcoda atartad pubfharien nriallyi' ft It. auggaif ad that (has* insfanmentt b#: 
clipped ond Wad for Mur* refaranca. 

Attention is hereby called to the fact that Ihil malarial . U capyrigM and m«y not 
ba reproduced either wholly or in part. 



(Continued from last' Weak) 



1835 

See; Gentle Patience Smiles on 
Pain. Hymn; tune; Federal Street; 
w., Anne Steele, m., Henry Kem- 
ble Oliver (in; Mason, Lowell. The 

I Boston Academy's collection of 
church music, p. 275.) Boston: 

I Carter, Hendce & Co.. 1835. 



in 



Jocks, Jukes, Disks 



Continued from pa se 3» 



w 
111 




blossom into a hit via the plugging.: 
It's a sentimental piece that Laine 
wrings dry at ballad speed. l?lip- 
over is goodi too. A holiday idea 
hooked up to the love angle, it'll 
get many spins of its own. 

Gene Krupa "Tea For Two"- 
"How High the Moon" (Columbia).; 
Krupa boils "Tea" to a thin ,iazz 
concoction with an Anita O'Day 
vocal. It's suitable only for jazz 
programs. He puts the iump 
switcli, to "How High the Moon" 
also, but makes of it a much tastier 
and cleaner performance that will 
find \vider jock f avov than the coni- 
panion piece. It's purely instru^ 
mental: 

Edd.v Howard "Dainty Brenda 
Lce"-"Bolla Bella Marie" (Mer. 
curyi. The initial relea-se of How- 
ards sides taken over by Mercury 
from Majestic. Both sides arc 
good, tJie "Brenda Lee" face riding 
a highly ' commercial groove that 
adds lustre to the song. It'll figure 
in jock and juke plans. "Bella" 
side has been done better, but it's 
a commercial demonstration of a 
tune that shows promise. 

Frankie Carle "Roses In Rhy- 
thm" (Columbia Album C-174). 
Done : with only rhythm accom- 
paniment, similar to his "Girl 
Friend.s" and other eolumbia al- 
bums, Carle should hit the album 
bc'it.'^eUer lists witli tliis buncli of 
"Roses" ttmes. Thoy're excelleni 
hsloning. Tunes include "Mexicali 
Ko-,t'." "K o s e of Washington 
SfjLiaro.- "My Wild Irish Rose." 
"Root's of ]>icardy,"' "Only a Rose," 
"One Dozen Rcses." "Honeysuckle 
Rose" and "Rose Room." 

Dorothy Shay "Coming 'Round 
ili<> Mountain" (Columbia Album 
C'-lTl' Miss Shay will have a dif- 
ficult time lollowirig the successes 
ol her • previous allium.s with this 
grouping. There aien'l too many 
tiine<: that lend tliemKclvcs to her 
st.\lo. and this conipilation includes 
only : a;; iew- that ' spark' unusual 
vesjonsc. Tiic.s'ic ".lo.m of Arlian- 
s.-iM," ''The Old Apple Tree' and 
■'Since TVIpthcrwas a. Gili." . . 

Platter Pointers 

Paula Watson's Supreme disking 
ol "l.ilUc Bird Told ftte" may have 
been ihc inspu-auon lor Hvelyn 
Knisht's version of the tune. It's 
a standout with whicli Docca 
sliould do well . . . Aime Vincent's 
"Dream Kisses" side (Mercury) is 
a potential . . . Fred Lowery's 
whiblling whips up two fine sides 
for Columbia in ''Intermezzo" and 
"Red Sails In the Sun.set," the lat- 
ter i)aired with partner Dorothy 
Kae's vocaliing; they're unusual 
iteais wliich make good jock pro- 
gramming . . , Buddy Clark and the 
iMo(1ern.-«ires do "Gloria" and "Tlic 
Money Song" for Columbia with- 
out making either distinctive . . . 
Jazz jocks win find good fare 
.T. C. Heard's Apollo cuttirigs of 
"This Is It" and "Ollopa" . . . 
Art Kassel has been turning out 
some neat Mercury sides, his latest 
a solidly coinmercial "If I Could 
Be With You" that midwestcrn 
jocks will use _widely. 



' Colt invented the revolver, a 
•weapon that ever after figured in 
U. S. events. 

Pliincas T: Barnum made : his 
first appearance on the stage as 
assistant to the magician Sig. Vi-: 
valla. A few months later Barnuni 
leased tiie services of Joice Heth, 
whom he billed as "Washington's 
Nurse," for $1,000, and started his 
career as an impresario. 

A fire in New York City de- 
stroyed an estimated ,$20,000,000 
of property. Beginning in a store [ 
at Pearl and Merchant (Hanover) { 
Sts., it lasted two days, ravaged 17 [ 
blocks (52 acres) and destroyed 674 i 
buildings, including the Stock Ex- j 
change, Merchants'. Exchange,: Post ! 
Office and the South Dutch , 
Cliurch.': ■ ■ ■ f 

Fashionable belles liked broodi- 
es so much ; that they sometimes 
pinned as many as: half a dozen on; 
a single gown. 

James Gordon Bennett launched 
(ho New York Herald. His writ- 
ings, among other tilings, are 
largely responsible for society 
pages in U. S. newspapers. . 



pendent position of woman 
American . social relationships: 

Jq^d Pierpont Morgan was born. 

Martin Van Bui'en was inau- 
gurated president. 

Michigan: joined the Union. 
: In a collision on tlie Mississippi 
river the steamer "Monmouth'' 
went to her doom with 234 lives. 

The first iron sea vessels were 
built-in tlic U. .S. 

(Continued in next week's issue) 



1836 

. Corn Cobs Twist your Hair, w., 
anonymous, m.. tuno: Yankee 
Doodle. George Endicot, cop 1836. 

The Liffht of other Days (The 
Maid of Artois). w., Alfred Bunn. 
m., William Michael Balfe. Lott' 
don r,lP.36l. 

: Rory O'More. 'w.. Samuel Lover. 
im.,"arransed'' by Samuel Lover; 
also attributed to Robert Owenson. 
lea. 183,i-3().l (Written before 
Lover published his novel "'Rory 
O'More'! which: appeared in 1837 
in London and was. produced: in 
dramatic, form at the Adelphi The- 
atre in the Same year.) 



2 DECCA COS.. EMI 
ASK TRUST SUIT TRIAL 

Decca Records, British Decca 
and Electrical ' Musical Industries 
of Britain, defendants in an anti- 
trust action brought against them 
by the U. S. government, asked for 
a trial of the suit, according to an- 
swers .filed last week in N. Y. fed- 
eral court. 

Government charged the three 
firms with: being a cartel in that 
they allegedly split worldwide ter- 
ritories for exclusive distribution 
of recordings. : 



Torme Set for LQ, N.Y, 

Mel Torme will play aii old com- 
mitment at the Latin Quarter, 
N. Y., around the end of May of 
1949. Singer was originally slated: 
to play the date earlier this year, 
but LQ operator Lou Walters re- 
leased him to enable hini to take: 
on a radio assignment for Philip 
Morris. 

- Surrounding show hasn't been - 
set yet- 



By this time the erstwhile "Re- 
publican'; . parly had pretty well 
changed its name to "Democratic" 
(the current '^Republican" : party 
evolved from Federalists, through 
Whigs into its current .shape in 
the early I850's). 

The famed McGuffy Readcr.s 
were first issued. They reached 
their peak sales from the Civil 
War period to the end of the cen- 
tury; the la.st copyright on them 
was taken in 1900 by the Ameri- 
can Book Co. 

Texas was warring for inde- 
pendence from Mexico. In spring 
the Mexicans under Santa Anna 
attacked the Alamo (the "Ther^ 
I mopylac of America") and wiped 
I out tlie staunch dctcndcrs. "Re- 
I member the Alamo" became the 
rallyinR cry thereafter. 
I KUcn Tree, the English actress, 
and Charlotte Cushman. the U. S. 
Islai-. made their American debuts. 
, Aricausas was admitted to tlift 
I Union. ■ ' : ■ 

, Banking difficulties brouglit on 
1 a had depression. 

There were 53 imions in Pliil- 
adolpliia,. 52 in New York, 23 in 
[Baltimore, and 16 in Bo.ston. 

Square toed slippers for ladies 
appeared, and over-size .sleeves 
went out of style. 



SOMETH 
SWEET TO Y 
SWEETHEART 



10 STAFfORD and COROONMacRMCj^ioi 

LtMMHCinEIIEBnSSMIr. 

RNNt SHELTON and SAM BROW NE i .nj .n 



VIC OftMONE and PflTTI PKl ■ mc-^'" 



MILLS MUSIC. INC, 

1 6 1 9 B . c J I ,. I . 1 . . > , , H 



A DREAM OF A LULLABY 

TARRA 
TA-LARRA 
TA-LAR 

OXFORD MUSIC CORP. 

1619 Broadway N*w York 



1837 

j ITark, Brothers, Hark. w,. J. 11. 
Willis, m.. John Hill Hewm. Cin- 
cinnati: W. C. Peters, cop. 1837; 
Philadelphia Geo. W. Hewitt &■; 
Co., cop. 1837. 

On Winffs of Song— orioinal Ger- 
man title: Auf Fluc£:eln des Ges- 
anffcs (no. 2 in: Sechs Gesacnge, 
op. 34). Gorman words. Heinrich 
iloinc. 111., Felix Mendelssohn.: 
Leip/.ig: Breifkopf & Hartcl 1,18371 

Woodman! Sparc that Tree! w, 
George P. Morris, ni., Henry Rus- 
sell. Firth & Hall, Cop. 1837. 

, The depression continued, even- 
jUially leading to the doom of the' 
National Bank and the establiish- 
,ment of tlie sub-treasury system. 
, Ml, Holyoke college for women 
I was founded, attestin^^ the inde- 



TONY 



PASTOR 

YOU STARTED 
SOMETHING 

with 

ROSEMARY CLOONEY 



COLUMIIA RECORD 38297 



CHRISTMAS POLKA 

Vocal and Pant* Orch*«lralioi» 

Availabl* 
ORCHESTRATIONS 75 Cent* 
SUNSET MUSIC PUB. 
1674 Broadway, Now York 19, N.Y. 
COIumbiis 5-8612 



BROADCAST MUSIC INC. 

580 rifTH 4VENUE ■ • NEW YORK 19, N. Y 
NEWYORK . CHICAGO • HOLLYWOOD 



VedneB^ay, November 8^ 1948 



41 



Grid Yankees 
Showmanship 
Sold Via Music 

New Vork Yankees football team 
Is ti-ying something new in music 
at the Yankee Stadium, N. Y. Or- 

fanization has hired a 22-piece 
and composed of dance instru- 
mentation, as the forerunner of 
other ideas that eventually will 
bring name musical soloists and 
other styles of theatrical show- 
manship into the football and base- 
ball schedules. 

Yankees are spending $27,000 to 
install a huge bandstand at the Sta- 
dium and have already invested 
tame $5,700 in new p.a. equipment. 
I,atter is in operation to amplify 
the work of five trumpets^ three 
trombones, seven sax, six rhythm, 
under the directicm of Ted Bartell, 
former Navy and ■ newsreel con- 
ductor. This outfit gives Ihe 
Yankee football : customers swing 
inusic before, during and after ball 
games, whereas the average ball 

Sark goes in for strictly brass 
ands that perform marches, etc. 
• Bartell has worked out a routine; 
too, that isn't quite perfected, 
which amounts to providing back- 
' cround music for football. For 
Jdickoffs he supplies a roll ended in 
K bass drum thump when the kick- 
er's toe meets the ball. The i-oU is 
resumed after and varies according 
' to the flight of the ball, and ends 
only . when the receiving runner is 
downed. Band quits then, of course. 

Changes in the Yankees' ap- 
proach to music . and other show- 
manship angles are taking place 
under the direction of Ed Fiischerr 
. head of Stadium promotion, and 'ex- 
ploitation; 



DECCA SETTING NEW ; 
CORAL DISK DISTRIBS 

Hollywood, Nov. 2. 
; Decca's wholly-owned 'subsid, Go- 
Val Records, which will start releas- 
ing pop platters Dec. 1, will sell its ■ 
product through indie distribs, not 
through Decca channels. Joe Perry, 
Coast rep of Decca, is establishing 
Coral distribs in Frisco, Seattle, 
Portland, and later will set up out- 
lets here, in Salt Lake City and 
Phoenix. 

Decca platters will continue to-, 
be handled by Decea-owned. out- . 
lets, hence wiU be actively com- , 
petitive to Coral sellers, who, as 
Indies, will be Avorking on sales , 
commissions. ' j 

Coral's catalog will be derived ; 
from old, unrcteased Decca stock, ' 

flus that $1,400,000 cache of '< 
, Irunswick masters which Decca i 
bought hi 1941 and has never un- 1 
veiled. . 



Jack Kapp West 

Decca president Jack Kapp 
leaves for Hollywood today (Wed.) 
for two weeks, returning In time 
for the Thanksgiving holidays. 

While west he will supervise both 
Peccaand his new Coral subsidiary 
business. 



Jericho Music Corp. chartered to 
conduct a business in musical pub- 
UcatiQns and records,a with offices 
to New York and wTth a capital 
•tock of 200 shares, no par value. 
_ Directors are Ervia and Ada 
• >rake, and Jimmy ShlrL 



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PEE WEE HUNT (Capitol) 
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GORDON JENKINS (Decca) 
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MARGARET WHITING (Capitol) 
"Tree in the Meadow" 


7 




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RAY McKINLEY (Victor) 
"You Came a Lonr Way". . . . 




9 


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KAY KYSER (Columbia) 
"On a Slow Boat to China". . 




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DORIS DAY (Columbia) 
"It's Maffic" 




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J. STAFFORD-G. MacRAE (Cap) 
"Bluebird of Hapniness" 


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TOMMY DORSEY (Victor) 
"UntU" 




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10 10 


GORDON MacRAE (Capitol) 
"Hair of Gold" 










3 




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18 


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D. MARTIN-J. LEWIS (Capitol) 
"That Certain Party" 


4 






















2 


16 


IIB 10 


CARSON ROBINSON (M-G-M) 
"Life Gets Teejus" 










5 












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16 


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PERRY COMO (Victor) 
''Rambling Rose" 


















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BLUE BARRON (M-G-M) 
4'Y«u Were Only Foolfaig". . . 






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"Cool Water" .....I... 






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JO STAFFORD-G. MacRAE (Cap) 
"Say Something Sweet" 




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18 


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12 


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"You Call Everybody Darling 


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6 














9 


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BENNY STRONG (Tower) 
"That Certain Party" 






















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ELLA FITZGERALD (Decca) 




























8 


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FREDDY MARTIN (Victor) 
"On a Slow Boat to China". . 






















3 






8 


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JO STAFFORD (CsCpitOl) 
"This is the Moment" 














4 














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KING COLE TRIO (Capitol) 
"Lillctte" 






















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FIVE TOP 


PROGRESSIVI JAZZ 


PREVIN PIAYS 


RHUMBA DE CUBA 


SONG HITS 


BRIGADOON 




Album No. 1 


THE PIANO 


Chuy Royct 


1917-43 


ALBUMS 


Itan Kenton 


Andro Provin 


Varitd Artiilt 


Orig. Cmt 


Capitol 


Victor 


Capitol 


Decca 


Victor 



ASCAP Award 

New Haven,' Nov, 2. 

Leonard L. Levy, associated 
with the law firm of Herman M. 
Levy, general counsel of the The- 
atre Owners of America, won the 
Nathan Burkan Memorial Prize for 
his paper, "Copyright and thft Mo- 
tion Picture." 

Award recently was announced 
by Yale Law School and American 
Society of Authors, Composers and 
Publishers. 



Lester Sachs Quits 

E. H. Moms for Encore 

Lester Sachs switched Monday 
(1) from the Edwin H. Morris 
music combine to Encore-Jewel Mu- 
sic as general professional man- 
ager; Both firms are owned by 
music printer Henry Levine. 

Sachs originally was brought 
into the Morris setup to run the 
Sinatra Songs firm. Since that out- 
fit was deactivated some time ago 
he liad been with the Morris staff. 



Teri Josefovits' Spot 

Teri Josefovits started an In- 
definite stand last week at Bob 
Force's new Town House, Green- 
wich, Conn. He previously wound 
up a stint at the Hotel Pennsyl- 
vania, N. Y. 

Composer Josefovits recently 
deff ed "Underneath the Southern 
Gross" with Stanley Adams han- 
dling the lyrics. Martin Music, is 
publishing. 



Blair s Carnival 
InClic!fStartAs 
Terp Operatian 

Nicky Blair's switchover of .his*^ 
New York Carnival from a. ni{<^ 
to a straight ballroom policy«' ua- 
der :: the Dance Carnival name, 
seemingly got off to a successful 
start Friday (21) night, with Louis 
Prima's orchestra and a five-piece 
rhumba band under Luis De Lano. 
Prima and the alternate crew 
played to 1,150 admissions opening ' 
night, at $1.50 a copy (plus flat 
25c. coat check), 1,300 Saturday, 
and about 600 Sunday, 

Whether that opening weekend 
indicates that New York, has room 
for a name band ballroom; in op- 
position to the long-established 
nearby Arcadia and Roseland, plus 
several dime-a-dance spots within 
a few blocks radius^ or that Prima 
fans alone made the opening look 
good, will be told only ; by time. 
Charlie Bamet follows Prima. 

Blair didn't spend a nickel In 
transforming bis huge nitery into: 
a ballroom. He simply removed tha 
tables and chairs, installed Prlma/ 
and waited for biz. No decorating 
was attempted, and the shabbiness 
of the spot, which wouldn't ordi- 
narily, show up under the subdued 
lights of a nitery policy, stand out 
under the comparatively brighter 
balh'oom lighting. Too,' Blair will 
be forced to make provision for 
more seats, if success is set. He 
has room for only a couple hun- 
dred people to sit down on ban- 
quettes: that line the far wall of 
the spot, and some 100 at dine-and- 
drink tables on a small upstairs 
balcony. The remainder stand-^r 
pass, out: through side doors to .a: 
bar. For pass-outs, incidentally, 
Blair is using the old violet-ray 
technique as identification. 

Blair also allowed the raised 
stage of the nitery to remain. Un- 
der the nitery policy this was the 
dance floor when the show wasn't 
on. It supplements dancing room 
provided by the main floor, cov« 
ered by rubber tile as a terping 
surface. It seems okay, but that 
raised stage means that there's lit- 
tle opportunity for patrons to go 
stand in front of the band, as many 
like to do. That would cramp the 
style of a .showman like Prima. 
Too, : when the spot may be only 
half-filled,, and only the terpsters 
who like to be conspicuous mount 
that raised Jloor, that 3G-foot void : 
between bandstand: and main floor 
won't look good. 

However; if the policy is success- 
ful; Blair can make the room over 
into a fine ballroom. With the 
elimination of that raised stage 
and the introduction of additional 
seating, plus a face-lifting job, the 
spot would be excellent. The main 
dance floor is sunken, and railed, 
and the terp area: would be plenty 
large. Wood. 



BUYS LONDON CATALOO 

Mogul Music, formed several 
months ago by former contactman 
Ivan Mogull, has bought the ^ cata- 
log of Unit Music Co, of London: ' 
Deal was closed with Unit piez 
Charlie Forsythe on the latter*! re>* 
cent visit to New York. 

Small catalog consists excltt- 
sively of pops, 



IRVING BERLIN'S 







IRVING BERLIN MUSIC CORPORATION 1650 Broadway, N«w Yorki 9, N. Y. 



42 OBCHBSTytA-mrSlC 



Wcdnesilay, November 3, 194A 



Upbeat 



New York 
Eddie Sautier rcturneil to ar* 
ranging for Benny Goodman's new 
band. . .Barclay' . Allen out of 
action a week at Syracuse Ijotcl, 
Syracuse, due to ptomaine , . . 
Vaughn Monroe added four male 
! vocaitsts to liis band at Strand tlie- 
atre, N; Y., and intends keeping 
tliem, making nine vocalists with 
the combo, exclusive of Ziggy 
Talent, from within the band . . > 
Arthur Johnson, vocalist and ice 
revue miC. at New Yorker hotel. 
Way form, dance band of his own 
. . . Frank Dailcy launches his new 
Cherbrook, Little Ferry, N. J., 
Fi-iday (5) night; it will not use 
name- bands or acts at any time.. 

Hollywood 

Tex Williams inked a new pact 
with Riverside Rancho to headline 
at the ballroom for six months, 
longest holdover date spot has ever 
given a performer , . . Freddy 
Martin band charter-planed in 
from N. Y. last night <1) and will 
' vacash until opening three-month 
stand at Cocoanut Grove; Nov. 9. 
For ^ engagement orch - .will, get 
$3,300 weekly, and British come- 
dienne Florence Desmond, on the 
bill with band first four weeks* 
will get $1,750 per frame ..; Ted: 
Weems band reoptioned by Aragon 
ballroom until Dec. 5. 



Chicago 

Faster Straker, publicist for disk 
jock Eddie Hubbard, bowing out of 
setup to write for radio . . . Gene 
Krupa^ Anita O'Day, Bobby Breen 
and Darwin Dane set for La Ra- 
-bida benefit - dance Nov.. 6 



RETAIL SHEET BEST SELLERS 



- Survexj of retail sheet misUs 
.soles, based on reports obtained , 
from leading stores in 12 cities, 
and sJiotoiiig co7npaTative salcj 
rating for this, and last week. 



; National 
.Ratinf 

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"Say Something Sweet" (Mills) 4 



New York 

'■ Aaron Copland .has composed a 
concerto for clarinet asd string 
orchestra, which Bennr Goodman 
will debut next May at a testimoni- 
al concert for Serge Koussevitsky 

. in N. Y. . . . Leeds Music has com- 
piled an unusual folio of lead 
sheets of Xmas songs for distribu- 
tion to artists . . . Chuck Foster 
band opens the Roosevelt . hotel 
New Orleans, Nov. 3 . . , Associated 
Booking signed the Blen-T«H«s 
and Stan Nelson Trio . . , Sonny 
Kippe replaces Hal Graham at Pel- 
ham Heath Inn Friday (5) . 
Exclusive label now distributing 
Discovery Records in N. Y. . . . Al 
JtlcKibbon to replace Nelson Boyd 
on bass viith Dizzy Gillespie band. 

• .Ben Sabla, formerly with Dave 
Dreyer, joined Hill and Range 

I Songs to take charge of the busi- 

iness dept. of the company's Coast 
office , . . Ed Adams new midwest 

'manager for Mills Music, replay- 

I ing Carroll Maxwell. 



Hollywood 



opens at Aragon Nov. 9, ditto for 



John Thoma, flaXW^Blackhkwk i Teddy Phillips at Trianon 
restaurant, takes over national ^"n?*^ .'^JIT.'"^ 



publicity for Al Trace . « . Benny 
Strong starts one-nighters Nov. 
16, ending with • Chase ; hotel 
opener^ St; Louis, Dec. 3 . . . 
Todd Rhodes, orch makes; first . Chi 
appearance at Pershing ballroom 
Nov. 28, under Al Benson's spon- 
sorship . . . Gloria Hart joins Carl 
Sand's orch at Oriental theatre as 
vocalist, Noy. 18 . . . Orrin Tucker 



weeks .at Hotel Bismarck Nov. 17 
. . / Lawrence Welk ends- one- 
nighters Dec. 7 at Schroeder; hotel, 
Milwaukee V . . Carmen Cavallaro 
plays Purdue U. Nov; 20 . . . Hotel 
Graemere pacted an exclusive with 



Brit. Decca-Capitol 



Continued from page 35 



ASGAP^ITOA 

Continued from |i:ii;c 35 



Fratuml In M-C-irs BIk Hit 

"DATE WITH JUDY" 

IT'S A MOST 
UHUSUALDAY 

Music hy,,. 
JIMMY McMUOM 

ROBBINS 



U. S. by independent distributors, ' any exhibition fee, unless va ;pub- 
and abroad by distributing points jllsh0i\and/6r wjter is nOt ,a ineijiS 
still to be set up or announced. |ber of the Society. : 
Associated" with new policy pre- ; This means that U. S. Decca's MusIq publishers are directly 

Renting one attraction and a band, Coral sides probably, will not be ' placing- the blame I'Or LeibelVS re- «t,^* 

Dolly Kay opening Nov. 5 with handled in English by British vision of opinion on the writers ' Massey west coast rep. 
Jack Ivett orch . . Henry Bussc Decca and may have been the The writers had applied to inter-' Jack Perrin. former Coast plug- 
off for one-mghtqrs, tlien closes at cause ot the latter's deal with vene in the case due to the fact ger for Paramount Pictures' subsid 

Lookout ' ~.T.«nl-„„ If,,., . 1 1. ... . I . . M 

Nov. : 7 , 



Andrea Setaro resigned from 
Paramount after 20 years as a 
scorer there . . , Vivienne Green 
has sold 19 masters to Mercury 
Records . . . Don Otis. KLAC disk 
jockey, and Jerry Lester have 
Karen Music as a BMI firm , . . • 
Tex Beneke's "Washington and'Le* 
Swing" and "Sweetheart of Sigma ■ 
Chi" are being pulled from "Proin 
Date" album and sent to the stalls 
I as a single . . Rudy Schrager set 
to score "The Green Promise," pro- 
duced by Glenn McCarthy for 
Samuel Goldwyn . . . Musicians' 
Local 47 has upped scale for grand 
; opera to $22.50 per sideman pev 
performance, with no free re- 
'hearsals. Same scale also prevails 
for ballet . ; Sues, Young Si 
Brown have- taken over Califor- 
nia state distributors of London 
label . . . Leon Rene Publications : 
has been accepted by ; ASCAP . . . . 
Harry Weinstein ^named cast coast- 
professional manager and Ii-vinj 



. House; Covington 



Pittsburgh 

Drummer Hud Davies has left 



Vogue Terrace in November . 



JOAN WHITNEYaM(/ALEX KRAMER 



Ky., Capitol, or at least a contributing it has never been clearly settled 
fijctor. . : . \who is tlie copyright o\vner-:r-the 

: Capitol's deal with British Decca t pub or Wl'it(Sr.: . Thcj- asked tliat 
is for pressings only and differs | ASGAP be alloWed to retain : the 
from the reoent arrangementmadc i rights— or that the Mrriters be given 
I Johnny Marino orch at Copa to by Cap with Telefunken, German them. This action caused the pub- 
li'^join,?.''* "^i''"-"'^'..'*!",'; *^rn*™"*'ieounlerpart of RCA-Victor. This lishers to apply for intervention, 
tat William Penn hotel s rerrace , deal, with two others made a few, through Chappell & Co. lu a re- 
■ • °f°"B-ii r«l^c fl.. l^ir^ • weeks ago with Mexico's Articulos ; quest that the publishers be named 

ihn.! hPPn held fo? fmir riro , ^°™<^''"cos and Panamericana de copyright owner. And it all so 
Mmac's Ltin:V«-ica„ unit intS ! ^iscs, calls lor an exchange of confused th^^ tie- 
'Johnny Brown's Club for two "lasters between Cap and the other , cided ASCAP should retain the ex- 
' weeks Tito Rodriguez rhiimba ' P""'^'^!"*'^' f'^i^i' words, British |hib rights, but latter couldn't ex- 
' band had option picked up at ' Decca will handle Capitol in Eng- ercise them. 
Carousel. They alternate with land, under Cap's own label name, 1 The case of the songvrilers 
house orch of Ralph DeStephano , but Capitol will not handle any handled by John Schulnian long 
.limmy Dprsey set for week at 1 English sides here. lattornev for the Songwriters Pro- 

Thero's no question but that tectivo'Assn., indicated to Leibell 
Capitol s arrangenient for circular] that industry chads would result if 
tion in England, advances its ' ASCAP were to be divested of the 
prestige in relation to its rival 1 exhib rights and a draWfl-out battle 
major companies RCA ^ Victor; Ibetween pubs and \V^^^^^ 
Columbia, Decca— both in this | them: He settled it sihiplv* but in: 
country and abroad. Cap's gross j a way that causes the complete, loss 
billings and earnings statements of the $1,500,000 or so ASCAP had 
have been eliinhing steadily since been collecting from film theatres | 
Its inception soine six years ago, I In deciding that ASGAP caniiot ; 
and the overseas deals, instead of f collect thie fees "so long as it re- ' 
placing the company fourth among [mains ^ illegal and a monopoly " j 
the U. S. diskers, easily could put jhowevieri LeibeU left tiie do^^^^ 
It past either Decca or Columbia, for ASC3A^» to resuiiie escMb collec- ' 
Another result of the deal un- tions. One way would be to seek ( 
doubtedly wil] involve the playing [a Government decree under which ! 
01, theatit- tune; in Eiigland 'oy .; Ihfe Society would eorae under ■ 
Capitol , artiste There are dozens jprice regulations established bv ^ 
of hit recordings put out by Capi- 1 Washington. This would afeo have ' 
I tol since its start which have never the effect of protecting it from I 
I been heard in England and they ; "future nionopoly" and- other ex- ' 
I could create a demand there for jpensive legaV kctions. ' Whether 
i the personalities involved. Cap ex- 1 this will be dofe is undetenTiined, ! 
•pects to work closely with E. , R. i but it has: been discussed often ' 
|(aed) Lewis. British Decca head, J among ASCnAP executives 

on sending its artists into England i ' ' " ' ' i ■ ' ' ■ ' 

as. sooii as- pcssible. 

Capitol,; ineidentaliyi , sighed I 
DicK Jones to,' handle the b'versee- 1 
ing of Telefunked material.; • He 



music firms; new local contact for 
Hill and Range Music, which aLso 
has employed Jack Schiffnian t» 
tout its pop catalog in N. Y. ; . 



m 




DOWN AMONG THE 
SHELTERING PALMS 



l/rie by Jamn Irecltmai* 
Mvtie b/ Ab« Ofmaii • 

Scoring A 
Great New Populdriiy 



THE GREATEST WESTEP^N 
SONG OF ALL TIME 

Bob Nolan's Immortal 

COOL WATER 

(25 Rctfords Available) 



AMERICAN MUSIC. INC. 

, Garet Bomerot Prof. Mgr. 
9109 Sunsrt BUd. 1576 BroHdvrn.T 
Hull) wood 40, Ouli . N*w roi't, N. K. 



musical director. 



On 



British Demand Big 

London, Nov. 2 
Dee. 1, the Decca ^Record 



FAR AWAY 
PLAGES 



LAUREL MUSIC CO. 1619 BROADWAY. NEW YORK 



' Co. Ltd. will offer the fii-st British t 
release of disks made by Capitol ! 
Records. Dealers throughout the 
country will this week i-eccive of- 
' ficial notification of the new issue, 
including data on Capitol stars. 
; Decca's acquisition of the Capi- ' 
tof catalog for British and Afri- 
;can distribution will certainly hit 
the casli registers 6ver here- Tliere 
is a tremendous hitherto unsatis- 
ficld demand for disks by Stan 
Kenton, Nellie Lutcher, Bobbv 
: Sherwood, Peggy Lee, Ella Mae 
Morse, Jo Slaftord, Andy Russell, 
Johnny Mercer, King Cole Trio, 
' and Margaret Whiting. 
! British dealers also have long- 
, standing orders for Capitol'* "His- 
' lory oi Jaza!,' .albums, , , ; 



^ ANDY KIRK ^ 



And Hit 

Clouds of Joy 
Featuring BEVERLY WHITE 

Now CONGO, Los Angeles 

Indcf. 

DECCA Recordings Exclusively 



ma'nSp. associated booking CORP, 

JOt GLASEK, rre.. 
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VedneaJay, November 8, 1948 



P'Sriety 



VAUDEVILLE 



43 



U5. Acts Still Do Well in Atassie Thoui^ 
Dollar Block Is Windfall to British 



Australian monetary restrictions- 
may forco the TivoU circuit, top 
variety and legit chain in that 
country, to increase Its talent im- 
ports from England, according to 
David N. Martin, head of the chain, 
who stopped briefly In New York 
last week before planing over for 
the Command Performance at the 
Palladium, London. 

Martin stated that under present 
monetary controls, a U, act can 
only take $3,200 out of the coun- 
try, which makes it unlikely that 
they can getthe top cut of Ameri- 
can names. However, since Brit- 
ons can take out all their earnings 
in pounds, consequently. It's easier 
to get performers from the British 
Isles. 

However, Martin declares, Amer- 
ican acts do quite well on the 
Tivoli chain. Gil Lamb is current- 
ly at the Tivoli, Sydney. Circuit 
also made considerable profit with 
the recent appearances of Ben 
Blue and Chico Marx. He has asked 
the William Morris agency to line 
tip a :new series of names for. use 
on his circuit. . 

English comics are also good 



boxoffice in the Antipodes, Martin 
stated. 

; Martin hopes to persuade Amer- 
ican acts to invest surplus earn- 
ings- in Australian enterprise. He 
feels there's considerable chance 
of getting some performers to do 
so especially since a new govern- 
mental decree issued last week 
permits profits and dividends to be 
taken out of the country. 

Martin thinks an Australian trek 
to be a good deal for a performen 
Acts are signed lor an Initial stand 
of 10 weeks to be played in a 12- 
week limit with options. It's pos- 
sible for a good act to play there 
for more than a year. Only de- 
duction Is the normal Australian 
income tax which is deductible 
from the U, S. returns. 



SATIRA RESUMES DATES 
AT CINCn LATIN Q. 

Satira, dancer recently released 
from imprisonment in Havana, 
opens her return to the U. S. 
nitery scene Friday (5) on a two- 
week date at the Latin Quarter, 
Cincinnati. Thereafter she goes to 
the Silhouette Club, Chicago, for 
two weeks. 

Pancer is taking lessons in N. Y. 
currently from Le Marie, a terp 
teacher, in otder to brush up on 
routines. She's being handled by 
Joe Glaser's Associated Booking 
Corp. 



Rebel Faction Hes Up Any Action 
At Meet of Newly-Picked AGVA Board 



Benny Fields opens at the Hol- 
lenden hotel, Cleveland, Nov. 11. 



The first meeting of the newly- 
elected board of the Amei-ican 
Guild of Variety Artists has been 
prevented from taking any offical 
action because of an injunction 
obtained by remnants of the fac- 
tion led by Matt Shelyey, former 
AGVA national administrator,. A 
group of performers headed by 
Arthur Cowan, Shelvey's counsel, 
has obtained an injunction pre^ 
venting the AGVA national board 
from conducting any business. 

AGVA execs declare that the in- 



junction was so timed to prevent 
the union from calling off . the 
meeting. Writ was obtained Friday 
(29) evening in N. : Y. supreme 
court and served Saturday when 
most- of the board : member$. were: 
on their way: to the meet; 

AGVA attorneys Jonas T, Silver> 
stone and Mortimer S;? Rosenthal 
together with AGVA's special at- 
torney former Judge Samuel 
Rosenman made an: effort to vacate 
the injunction Monday (1), but to 

:.: Continued on page 52) : . 




JANE 

JOHNSON 



Americans 
' Foremost 
Uarimbist 

GEORGE: 

GUEST 

Now plnyliiK rT-ANXATION CI-VB, M«- 
llne. 'rRO(A»KHO, Henderson Kj., Oc- 
«<ib«f «0. MItOWN HOXEI/, Xoulsvllle, 

■ Xovemlter 8. 



Martin-Lewis 
Stand to Forfeit 
18G by Chi Walk 

Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis 
j stand to lose $18,000 if they fail to 
keep their four-week date .at . the 
Blackstone hotel, Chicago, starting 
Nov. 26. Representatives of the 
Kirkeby hotel chain have declared 
that it's a pay-or-play contract 
which works both ways, and they'll 
insist that the team honor the con- 
I tract. 

The comedians, it's reported, are 
asking to get out of the date for 
personal reasons. 

The Abner : J. Greshler olTice, 
which books the pair, stated that 
the team prefers to keep a film 
commitment with Hal Wallis before 
repeating in Chicago. 

Martin and Lewis are slated to 
get $4,500 weekly at the Blacks 
stone. 



**• j.ew Votlt 



Julie Wilson's Success 
Story-From $75 to $1,500 

Julie Wilson, a $75 weekly pro- 
duction singer at the Gopacabana?. 
N. Y.i last year, will ' return to 
Gotham shortly at $1,500 weekly. 
She's slated to double between the 
Capitol theatre, N. Y., and the 
Maisonette of the St. Regis hotel. 

Miss Wilson will be with Burt 
Lancaster, who is touring picture 
houses to plug his. picture, "Kiss 
the Blood Off My Hands," and will 
appear in three theatres: at $10,000 
weekly for the package.: He plays 
the Riverside, Milwaukee; Oriental, 
Chicago, and the Capitol with Miss 
Wilson, Skilch Henderson, Nick 
Cravath and the Debonair^ if lat- 
ter team gets back from its en- 
gagement at the Lidd, Paris, in 
time... , ■■, , ,. ,( 

Miss Wilson figures that with ] 
the Maisonette policy of one show ! 
nightly, she'll be able to douWe i 
I without difficulty; Baron Polan 
handles her. i 



HERBERT JACOBY and MAX GORDON 

Present 





THE MAN WHO PUT 
THE PUNCH 

in 

PUNCH and JUDY 

Currently 

BLUE ANGEL 

NEW YORK CITY 

Dir.: MARK J. LEDDY 
Leo Newmqn 



Thank You 



flFTH AVfNUl AT «l« StMET. NEW VORIC 2.,N.Y. 



October 25, 1948 



,ROM THE OFf >Cl or TMe MANAO« 

Mr. Charles Reader 
Musical Director 
Hotel Pierre 
New lork 21, N. Y. 

Dear Mr. Resderj 

It is idth sincere regret that '^^^^J^^^' 
to us* 

account to ua» 

V ♦ .^i.hM for your continued succeft vA 
With best wishes ror ywu* 
kindest personal regards, m reii»in 

Cordially 



HOTEL P] 



KR 



FRANK A. PAG 
UABAGER 




Again Thank You, Mr. Paget 
. . . for a most pleasant and 
memorable association these 
past two and one half years. 



44 



VAIJDEYtIXE 



Wednesday, November 3, 1948 



'Dr. Kronkheit' Stand-ins Personate 
Smith & Dale at Lambs Club Salute 



Br JOE COHEN 



"Anyone that can keep going 
for 50 years in this precarious call!- 
Ing, certainly desei-ves recogni- 
tion," declared Bert Lytell, Shep- 
herd of the Lambs club in paying 
tribute lo Joe Smith and Charlie 
Dale who were tendered a "Seidel 
Night" by the Lambs Saturday 
(30). 

The Lambs recognized Smith & 
Dale's Golden Jubilee with a 
sprightly and highly original va- 
riety, show "50 Years Together,'' 
highlighted by Buss Brown and 
Joe Browning doing tiie -famous 
"Dr. Kronkheit" sketch for bene- 
fit ot the comics. It's probably 
the firsl time that a theatrical 
^ teani^ saw / their ' 'entire' 
bodily and onioyed it Ma>lje it 
was the: first time that Smith & 
Dale saw the skit performed and 
probably iound it as funny as the 
millions who have .'.een it over 
se\'eral decades-. 

Smith & Dale started in show 
business as a team playing for 
coins tossed by the railbuds in 
various saloons below 14th street. 
Their first formal; engagement to- 
gether was at the Atlantic Garden 
In* 1902 and since then they've 
played virtually every niajor thea- 
tl'e in the country and several in 
England. 

But according to the .skits put 
Continued on page Sli I 



Libby Holman Grosses 
$1,400 in Two Nights 

. Washington, Nov, 2. 

Libby Kolmant now soloing the 
eastern seaboard, followed by a 
trailer4oad of .props, in a new role; 
as an artiste of "Earth Songs," bat- 
ted $.1,400 in a twornight stand at 
a neighborhood non-segregational 
little theatre here last week. 

A rather small arty patronage on 
her first night was followed by a 
near-!capacity turnout ihe second 
evening. - . ' 



MILUON DOLLAR, U., 
CALLS VAUDE RESPITE 

Los Angeles, Nov. 2, 
Million Dollar theatre goes back 
to straight pix policy Nov. 30 due 
to inability to get name acts. 
Vaudcfilm returns again Christmas^ 
week. 

Roy Milton oreh, Hadda Brooks 
and "Ivory Joe" (Hunter's orch, 
i originally lined up for early De- 
cember, have agreed to forego that 
date for one in February. 



T. DORSEY ORK PLAYING 
N.Y. STRAND IN JANUARY 

Tommy Dor^o's orchestra will 
play the Strand, N. Y., the next 
time it \\-orks a Broadway vaud- 
filmer^opening the last week in 
January .for at- 'least . four weeks 
and perhaps' more; Orch will go in 
with the film "Don Juan." ' 

Date is Dorsey's first at the 
Strand. He had been a Paramount 
standby, but in the past few years 
worked the Gapitol.. Switch' to the 
Strand this year isn't due to a bet- 
ter coin deal, but to timing and 
the film involved. T. D.; is at the 
Pennsylvania hotel, N. Y,, current- 
ly and will stay 10 weeks and four 
days, bowing out Xinas Day. 



Fisher Loses Another 
House to Sherman Agcy. 
In Springfield's Court 

The Arthur Fisher agency lost 
another house to Eduard Slionnan 
'agency this week Hookin'is of the 
i Court Squai-e theatre, Spi-iiigfieid, 
Mass,, have, been assigned to Sher- 
man starting later this montli..: 
House is a four-day stand, playing 
vaude, starting Thursdays. 
; Ross Frisco. Boston hooker, is 
actually the booker of llie iiou.se, 
but bookings were done by the 
[Fisher olfice on a percentage ar- 
jrangement.. Transfer of tlie the- 
latre's talent setting marks a new 
i alliance between' Frisco and Sher- 
j man, and termination of the ar- 
rangement with Fislier. 

Last week Fisher, office lost the 
Carman, Philadelphiai to Sherman, 
and a few weeks previous the Ai & 
Belle Dow office took the Valley 
Arena, Holj'oke, Mass., a\\ay from 
Fisher. j 



Coast AFM Chaises Mind on AGVA 
Cooperation; to^Aid in Charity Show 



TWills Bros, at Nortliwest 
Validates , on Percentage 

Hollywood, Nov. 2. 

The Mills Brothers are currently 
playing some theatres in Pacific 
Northwest which haven't housed 
stageshows in ■ years. . Tomorrow 
(Wed.) and Thursday quartet pl'ays 
Music Box, Tacoma, and on Fri, 
(5) one-nites at Olympia theatre, 
Olympia, Wash. For these dates 
the Brothers get 50% of gross. Act 
on Sun. (31) wound up a fuU-weefe 
stand at Palomar, Seattle, where 
turn got a flat $4,500 for the week. 

On Nov. 23 the Mills foursome 
open a montli's stand at Casbali 
nitery here, getting flat $3,500 per 
frame for the engagement. 



AMERICA'S TQP HEADLINE SINGING GROUP 



Currently • 
ClUB BAGATEllI 
NEW YORK 



All Mtt)or MetwoTki,' 
Tlientrei iind Club*; 
C. S- •nd Cunnda . 




RCA 
VICTOR 
FAVORITES 



BOYS 



PerKnniil nirerlinn— KD KlIlKRin 
soils I(KO ISulldinK, New York :0, N. V. 



Circle <l-93«8 



Jimmy Savo's Repeat 
At Persian Room, N.Y. 

: Jimmy Savo will make a return 
appearance at the Persian room of 
the Plaza hotel, N. Y., starting 
Nov; 18. , Comic played the room 
last season. . 

He'll be on the billwith Leni 
Lynn; former child film star, who'll 
make her class-room bow on this 
date. 



HAYMES LINED UP 
FOR VAUDE DATES 

Dick Haymes i^ slated to go out 
on a vaude tour starting Nov. 18 at 
the Palace theati-e, Clfeveland. He 
follows with Keith's, Dayton and 
the Albee, Cincinnati; .Other dates 
are being lined up. . 

Haymes is getting a guarantee 
and percentage. 



Hollywood, Nov. 2, 
Musicians' Local 47 has altered 
its attitude toward coopefatins 
with the American Guild of Variety 
Artists' plan to stage shows in 
downtown Paramount , for benefit 
of indigent vaude and' nitery per- 
formers. Two months ago, Fiorina 
Bale, coast chief of AGVA, made 
a deal with Par operator Mai^o 
Wolfl' whereby AGVA would put 
on vaude shows each Monday night 
at theatre and get a cut of gate 
for union's charity fund. When 
Miss Bale asked Local 47 for a 
break, tune union said it would 
demand scale for a full pit orch. 
That would have been so costiy, 
stunt was shelved. 

L,ast week Miss Bale made an- 
other pitch and John te Groen, 
Local 47 v-p, apparently perbonally 
made a plea before 47 board. Miss 
Bale was advised tiiat she need 
hire but two piano players, so the 
series of benefits will start when 
AGVA regional rep retmns from 
N. y. trip. 

AGVA's top-name acts will be 
asked to work on the Monday 
shows at Par at $25 per act and 
the pianists will be paid scale. Just 
what cut of gate union will get 
will be worked out when Miss Bale 
returns from a national conclave 
of AGVA in N.Y. 



.Toan Edwards into El Rancho, 

Las Vegas, Nov. 10. 



■ Paul Draper starts at Beverly 
Hills Country Club, Newport, Ky:. j 
tomorrow (Thurs.) for two weeks 
and will join Larry Ad ler at the 
Palmer House, Chicago, Dec. 5. 



VALDO and PRINCESS PAT 



THE MUSICAL MENTALISTS 

IN A PAST MOVINe SrtCTACULAI 
PRESENTATION OF MENTAL PEATS 

A "NATURAL" FOR TELEVISION 

Pert. Mgt.: MAX TISHMAN. 1474 Broadway. New York 



'?\H\Ci LEE IS ALL OVER THE PLACE AT BILTMORE BOWL' 



, 11 \ 





A, DAILY NEWS. 



"BIGGEST COMEDY SMASH HIT AND TOP 
GROSSER IN THE HISTORY OF THE BOWL!! 



— B'.ttb»»"" . ,.e top spot. 

s. and hoKe„ m >hc v^^e . 



.1* 



Managing Director: Biltmore Bcwl 



NOW 



l.,ee 



^^•„X today as ^«„Vkm^V 
e^'°^rand ViardJ;'-" prise. 
>„t\nes ^^Jl found ^" v 





deVivery welco>n« ':^{,e ^ 
Routines a found v 



'S^"^^''%ht 




f unO h"" °n for 1^"''^ a^d 




1949 

Managemenii M.C.A. 



Walter Winchell says 
show business is in a 
SLUMP! 

"The slump in all entertainment fields continues . . . Income is down 
, . . People are spending their pay on rent and food . , . Bools; sales are 
off 280 p. c. (with publishers most worried about the competition now 
offered by television-set owners . . . Movie box-offices report "it is 
box-awfull" with biz off from 50 to 60 p. c. in some cities . . . Music 
biz is hardest hit; name bands have trouble meeting payrolls . . . Song 
hits that once sold half-a-miUion copies now sell about 40,000 copies 
of sheet music . . . Even Television has the blues. One station laid 
off 40 last week." DaUy Mirror, Oct. 25, 1948. 

BUT 

Nof for us^ 



''Queen of fhe Juke Soxes" 



"The Quarfefte You Rave About" 




DINAH 

WASHINGTON 

Mercury Recording Arfiste 




THE RAVENS 

National Recording Artists 



CURRENTLY ONE-NIGHTER$ with GEORGE HUDSON Orchestra 



Opening Novemlier 26tlt 

PARADISE THEATRE 

Detroit, Micltigan 



UNIVERSAL ATTRACTIONS 

347 Madison Avenue, New York City 
MU 9-4076 



46 



VAVDEVILLB 



WadaewUjr* JHovember S, 1948 



Night Club Reviews 



Chez Parce» Clil 

Chicago, Oct. 29. 
Harvey Stane^ Vagabonds (4), 
Grade Barrie, Perri/ Franks & 
Janyce, Chez Paree Line ( 10 ) , Cee 
Davidson's Orch (11); ?3.50 mini- 
mum. 



In establishing itself as • Chi 
landmark, the Chez Invariably has 

fut togetlier shows of solid content, 
ven; when the neon spells out the 
most expensive names on the after- 
dark circuit, which is often, there's 
no skimping on preliminary acts. 
This policy has brought con- 
sistently heavy patronage that de- 
fies postwar; sags, inflation and 
otlier economic pitfalls. 

Harvey Stone, a newcomer to the 
■Chez; haS' the, discursive chop- 
punch brand of comedy readily ac- 
cepted here. He warms up with a 
marital routine in which wifely 
foibles serve to get yocks. His re- 
cital of gambling misadventures 
drew steady and quickening re- 
turns. Brought bacic by an ample 
hand; he hits the laughrper-line 
jrate in patts of his Army standby. 

Combos are a departure from the 
Chez-norm, but the Vagabonds' ad- 
dition of comedy, ranging from 
broad byplay to pantoed innuendos, 
provides choice fare. ; Quartet of 
two guitars, bass and accordion are 



launched with a straight instrumen- 
tal and vocal of "Lazy River," 
building to a fast crescendo. Four- 
some goes Hawaiian in a so-called 
mating song, then segues via Pa- 
cific Islanders double-talk into a 
set of oldies satltising the Jolson 
and Ted Lewis styles. 

Perry Franks and Janyce are 
pert and wXnnii^ in tapB. garaished 
by aero touches for a good send- 
off. Graci« Barrie, sheathed in 
low-cleft blue, clicks with comic in- 
terpolations of "Sunday Kind of 
Love" and her account of • hillbilly 
bachelor girl. Songstress bows off 
to heavy plaudits, following her 
"Galitzeaner Rhumba." 

Dorothy Dorben line bookends; 
the show with a modiste tableau 
and a tum-of-the-century waltz 
number, both well stepped and cos- 
tumed. Midway turn has them pa- 
rading in elaborate garb symbolic 
I of major holidays. Best in content 
j "d execution is the modiste se- 
I quence, but it suffers as the closer 
for an overlong show. 

Cee Davidson's orch of four 
reeds, four brass and three rhythni 
backs with skill and turns out 
danceables, that fill the floor. 

Baxt, 



ttM door und a- $2 minimum It • 

table is occupied instead of the 
gallery in front of the bar. 

The Roost probably fills the need 
Of * considerable portion of hep- 
sters whom the conventional swing 
patterns can no longer satisfy. The 
demand for progressive jazz is 
growing, and tlie reasons could 
probably be discussed with greater 
profundity by the boys at Belle- 
vue. But the musical avant-garde 
now know that there's a definite 
need for be-bop. Even if Herman 
isn't strictly from that school, 
there's enough vigor in his efforts 
to pass muster even from the most 
wdent cultists. 

The Tadd Dameron relief crew 
of four pieces bops its way nicely. 
Dameron's piano work and the ef- 
forts of the tenor saxisl click with 
the audience. Jose. 



Wally boag 

Celebratinq Ont Ytar 
in VAL PARNELL'S 

"STARLIGHT ROOF' 

London HIppedrom* 

EVENING NEWS . . . "M*w comic 
fdlcnt-^ances with Urifly fleet- 

nesi.'' ■ ■ , 



AWI2niC\: 
Murk .1. Leddy 



XOXDON! 
Cliurlcs Tucker 



Tenrace Hooin. Vitt 

(HOTEL \VM. PENN) 

Pittsburgh, Oct. 26. 
Jimmy Savo, Billy Catizone Orch 
(8) with Lee Henry; $1 and $1.50 
eoiiwrt. 



COMEDY MATERIAL 

For AH Branehat ef ThMtricah 

PUN-MASTER 

"Th* ORIGINAL Shew-Bix Gag FiU" 

Not. 1 to 23 @ $1.00 aach 
3 DIFFERENT BOOKS OF PARODIES 
(TO in eacK book) $10 per baok . 

FREE : COrr OF "HCMOB BUSI- 
NESS.''^ The Shoir-Biz GnKiizlu« ^^ltll 
nttcli $3.00 ininlmttm order. 
Bend lOc for lists of other comedy 
inuterldl, HOiiffs. parodies, uilntitre] 
imttcr^. .|»I»ck-nuts. etc.. ' 

NO C.O.D.'S 

PAULA SMITH 

'■ X00 W. 54tb Street, Kevr York IS 



^rrampolinlngly Veurt' 



Paul and Paulette Trio 

Direction: LOUIS W. COHAN 

203 N. Waboih Av*. 

Chicago 1 



Boyal Iloost, IV. Y. 

Woody Herman Orch (1»), Tadd 
Dameron Orch <4); admissioji 90c,; 
$2 minimum at tahle$. 

The Royal Roost, firmly estab. 
lished as the be-bop center ; on 
Broadway, gets a change of pace 
with the booking of Woody Herr 
man's recently reorganized band. 
It's A wise move for both inasmuch 
as Herman is in a position to get 
as wide a showcasing among the 
youngsters that go for this type 
of music, and the spot gels the 
benefit of Herman's prestige and 
top juve potentialities. : 

Herman returns with a band 
that's on a par with some of the 
outfits - he batoned when he was 
I in the top category of jazzlsts. The 
orchestral texture derived from an 
instrumentation of eight brass and 
a quintet of reeds and the Usual 
number of rhythm players, is on 
par With the previous Herman omU 
fits.' His treatment of turtes is al- 
ways interesting whether he lets 
out all the stops or weaves a jivey 
pattern around a conventional pop; 

Herman's outpourings are more 
than sufficient for the demands of 
this comparatively small room. He 
fills the room in a niamier that'.s 
in the groove for the bop cultists, 
congregating here and at the same 
time takes into: account the more 
orthodox tastes. Mary Ann McCall 
and Chubby Jackson (considerably 
slimmer than when last around) 
perform in their accustomed styles 
for good effect. 

While Herman is not strictly In 
the be-bop category, he'll do more 
than well in this spot. 

The Royal Roost in itself is one 
of the latter day phenomena on 
the Stem. It was about ready to 
fold when operator Ralph Watkins 
staged a bop concert one Tuesday 
night. The returns were so gratify- 
ing that he's been on this policy 
since. There's a 90c. admission at 



tainen. Xt'« « comparf tivtly 

pl« matter to tnovk tti* poctaU* 
bandstand to another part of tha 
room so that they can work wlthj 
out distractions. 

Otherwise, it's an excellent hang- 
out for th* stayups with an enterr 
tainlng show provided by Daphne 
Hellnian, Marfan Manners and the 
Three Flames. All have previously 
appeared in the uptown boitea and 
have attained somewhat ef a repu- 
tation. 

Miss Hellman charms the cui- 

tomers vrtth her harp recitals, play- 
ing a variety of selections, includ- 
ing a Scarlatti aonata, variations 
on Liadow's "Music Box" and few 
boogie riffs and doei equally ai 
well with ber special material vo- 
cals. She's a pleasant item for this 
spot. 

Marian. Manners, a statuesque 
brunette, does some pleasing tunes 
that get audience attention. Most 
interesting number is an Indian 
lullaby, which has a touching and 
plaintive quality. She's off io nice 
returns. 

The Three Flames click with 
roiighhouse instnimentals and vo- 
cals. This sepia group with an in- 
strumentation of piano, bass and 
guitar, provide neat change of pace 
with comedy tunes. ^Numbers get 
plenty salvos. 

The Earl Hodges trio showbacks 
and provides dance interludes. 

Jose. 



Town's class hotel spot — in fact, 
the only one^has reopened after 
a six'montb shutdown and Is still 
persisting in getting a couvcrt 
while other niteries have long since 
discovered that Golden Triangle',s 
strictly minimum' territory. Tliat 
hurt the Terrace Room last year 
and is likely to react against it 
again. ' 

Teirace Room seems to be alter- 
ing its entertainment policy some- 
w,hat. however. In past, shows have 

usually consisted of tw or three „ , ,, ,, . ,. „ 

standard acts. For the reopening ^ Bagatelle an ultra-intnne room 
bill there's only one— ^nd likely; Just oyer the east side marker on 
' to be that for a while— and it's New York's 52d street, inaugurates 
.Timmy Savo, a show in himself. It's a new policy with this show. Room, 
the first time for the little fellow until now has depended almost en- 
in a cafe around here (his past i tirely on the blue ditties of Dor- 
appearances have been in theatres othy Ross to lure the customers, 

■ •- tossing in. only sp(H:adicauy a sec- 

Oftd act. New /show has two Other 
standard actsi, in the w.k. Deep j 
River Boys ^hd up-and-copiing 



null Bagalello, 9f. ¥. 

Dorothy Ro*s, Deep River Boys 
(5), Eddte Fisher, Kurt Maier; $3 
miiihinwi. ' : 



■Mtarlal, vMl* ftlll puf fa In tpota, 

demonstratM conslderabla polisltt 
Inf hai been dona. With the right 
si>otlightlng, he could easily taki 
a placa among the top ranking mala 
gingers. He opent hero with "Si» 
tin"^ On Top of the World," fob 
Iowa with "Night Hat a Xhou8an4 
Eyes" and a apedal routine fee» 
turing a mixture of songs, then 
close? witD "Iff Magic" and 
Darling" to well-earned applause. 



Triton, Rochester, 

ResuMiiiif Showfil 

The Triton hotri, feodiestelv 
N. Y.i resumes floor shows tomor* 
row (Thursi). with Ada Xiynn on 
the bilL Spot use> a single act 
with booldnss by Miles Ingalls out 
of New York. 

Little Jack Little is set to follow 
later this month. 



XIOTZ'S JIEW BERTH 
Jack Klotz, who recently re- 
signed from Joe Glaser's Asso- 
ciated Booking agency, lias Joined 
Ben Bart at Universal Attractions. 

Klotz will head the theatre and 
cafe dept. 



and even there not in 15 years, or 
more), and so he can go right 
through his long-established reper- 
toire without feeling that he's. cov- . . , . 
eriug old ground. Thai makes it i young singer Eddie Fisher. There 
easy for Savo since the numbers I should also be some appeal via 
have the advantage of loiig-tesled pianist Kurt Meier (New Acts), who 
success. His pantomime remains received a heavy press on his ar- 
inimitably tops, and he goes rival in the U.S. 'after spending 
through such standards as "Old several years in a Nazi concentra- 
Blaek Magic,'' "One Meat Ball" and tion cainp duringi the war. 




HELENE and HOWARD 

Club Dates and f«levision 
in New York 

Dir.: MATTT ROSEN 



River Stay Away From My Door' 
with a charm and. originality that 
have never been duplicated. Whati 
ever Savo does here Is out of the 
top drawer and he's on for at least 
half an hour and. judging from 
his getaway applause, it's -not 



Miss Ross is sparkling as ever ] 
with her songs. Some of her lines i 
border on ■ the ' censorable and ! 
would probably be offensive if i 
dished out 1^- anyone else. Dexteri- 1 
ty with which she eases them 
through, though, makes the tunes \ 



nearly enough. Little fellow is a I easy to take and her seemingly , 
'mop-up all me way. unlimited repertoire of special ma- 

Bill v Catizone, wlio had the band terial makes repeal visits to the ' 
1 here last year, Is back again with j Bagatelle worthwUile, Gal has also 



another crack crew for dansapa- 
' tion, and has most of the men he 
] had a season ago, l)ut a new vocal- 
ist ' .She's tall, atLi-aelive Lee 



developed to the nth degree her 
facility for insulting the paj'ees 
and making them like it. 
Deep River Boys impress as one 



she knows how to use for max! 
mum effectiveness, Cohen 



ROCHELLE and BEEBE 



Ju$t 
Concluded 



8 

Weeks 



PARAMOUNT 

NEW YORK 

Nov. 7th TV Gwejf Shot Id Sullivan Show — WCBS-TV 

Opening Nov. 1 1 RKO Dayton, Nov. 18 to 20 RKO ColMmbui 
Nov. 2S RKO Shubort, Cinn. 
Dir.t AL WILSON AftlNCY 

NARDAand her DOVES 



with 

MAJA on tho DRUMS 
THANK: 

DOROTHY PACKTMAN 

and LEO GRUND 
For 72 Wonderfuf Weeks 
Playing Fairs Wifh 

THE ROXYETTES 

for GEO. A. HAMiD 



Henry, with an okay set of pipes of the better colored quartets now 
' ' " ■ making the rounds. < Fifth man 

backs "tiiem ■ bh . piano. ) Theip' voices 
blertd neatly .and . all; four ; project 
pleasant, persdnalities'to leiid ■visu- 
al ifnpact to their work. One of 
the best features of their act Is 
the choice of material, a, mixture 
of spiritiials, pop and standard 
tunes and comedy songs. To dem- 
onstrate their versatility, the two 
songs they sold best the liight 
caught (27 ) were "Ell. Eli" and 
"My Yiddishe Momma." ■ r 

Fisher, though still in his teens, 
has already played some of the 



, Brevoort 8iip|ii'i* iiuli, 

I Daphne Hellman, 3 Flames. Ma- 
Irian Manners, Ear! Hodges Trio; 
no cover or minimum. 



. 

I The Brevoort hotel, discontinued 
as an inn several months ago, con- 
tinues to function on the ground 
floor as a restaurant and supper 
club. Ths landmark, which in the 



JACQUELINE 

HURLEY 

Aereboffcs In Teeftflicofor 

HELD OVER 5TH WEEK 

Biltmore Bowl 

LOS ANGELES 
Par. Mgr.— BERT COLLINS 
Dirw— JACK KALCHEIM 




EMCEE 

"THE ENTERTAINER'S 
HANDBOOK." ■■ PacklU 
With Parndiflt,. Band Nov, . 
altiev Monoloouei. Pat; 
tah ALL N EW I Sub. 
uription to 9 eonseoutivit' 
l»u«, $(.00^ Gat yoiirt 
NOW from D; A C, 
FRANKEL, Daik H, ISOS 
8. Homan Ave., CIiIcbbo 

23, III, 



past has been a rendezvou.? for jtop N. Y. clubs and opened here 



the literati, once was operated by 
Herbert Jacoby and Julius Monk. 
Both have since gone xiptown, with 
I Jacoby now co-owner of the Blue 
: Angel and Le Directoive, while 
! Monk is at Le Ruban Bleu, 
i Agent Jean Rose has now taken 
over with a policy of intime enter- 
tainment. Initial show indicates 
that it should be a potent business 
; getter in the lower Fifth avenue 
sector. 

1 However, some physical changes 
I are necessary to give the room 

more'' charm. Layout is such that 
I customers v coming into the club 

must > pass' in front of the enter- 




MAJA on Hie DRUMS 



Open/ng NOVEMBER 5th (Return Engogement) 

World Famous LEON & EDDIE'S CLUB 




after a summer on the borscht 
belt. Kid's voice has improved tre- 
mendously since his break-in at 
the Copacabana. N. Y., two years 
ago and his method of selling his 



MALINY 




WedneMlay« November 1948 



House Reviews 



Strand, N. Y. 

VtfUflUw Monrot Orch. (21), 
wWn, Moan Maida, Ziggy Talent, 
Dick Hamvien, Jay Lawrence, Eorl 
Hummel, Cece Blake, Johnny 
Mack, "June Bride" (WB), r«- 
-vicwed in Variety, Oct. 20, '48. 

Vaughn Monroe can and should 
Toe given credit for going to un- 
usual lengths to corral and present 
an entertaining stage show, instead 
of following the usual procedure 
of name bandleaders in feeling 
that their names and the music 
or vocals that may sell records, 
Is sufficient. Monroe puts on a 
show here that's, not as solid from 
end to end as his past perform- 
ances, but it's a whirlwind of con- 
slant action and overall is as en- 
tertaining a stage presentation as 
there is available. It never slops. 

As a matter of fact, so much 
occurs during this 50-odd minute 
performance that' it's akin to a 
musical. And Monroe himself, who 
sfter all is tlxe focal poiut of his 
organization's success, doesn't oc- 
cupy as much of the spotliglit as 
one might expect, or want. He's a 
jart of a good deal of the events, 
n a participating manner and 
whether the individual who came 
to glom Monroe himself is satis- 
fied or feels cheated is an unan- 
swerable question. 

Rather than inserting one or two 
production pieces^ the show is aU 
most all -production.' From the 
opening "vJust For Now" and "Be- 
gin the Beguine" (by Monroe him- 
self ) to the closing bit, which uses 
all the acts, in phosphorescent cos- 
tumes, the ideas are good. There's 
a timely football bit midway which 
.combines laughs via the appear- 
ance of the . brawny- leader in « 
football uniform, with vocals of 
various college tunes, all back- 
grounded by newsreel sliots of col- 
Tege gridiron games, thrown on a 
scrim. During it, Monroe goes off; 
and comeji back on in a stretcher, 
which leads into "Ramblin' Wreck 
From, Georgia Tech!', and. other 
fight-fight-fight airs. 

Monroe . is now using 10 vocat^ 
Ists — the four Moon Maids, fouf. 
boys, Gece Blake, and Ziggy Tal-i 
ent, and several men in the band 
at different times. Working, alone 
or with other acts, they .cover a 
wide variety of pops and stand- 
ards. Talent, on just pi'ior to the: 
finale, is the hit of the affair. In- 
cidentally, his"Maharajah of Maga- 
dor" and a thing titled ".JittDrs" 
working the mob ■ (plenty of hold: 
outs when caught) for the most 
.outstanding reaction, Cece Blake, 
nicely gowned, works up front on 
"Until" and "Buttons and Bows," 
displaying a good voice, but ordi? 
n^iry .phrasing. 

Johnny Mack, who has worked 
with Monroe on several trips 
around the theatre circuit, stands 
out of the>actsv He's smoothly in- 
serted near the close. Mack Is an 
excellent tapster, but here is tocu.s- 
Ing more attention on his Irlck 
cane routines, producing apparent- 
ly collapsible sticks from closed 
fists at various points in tlie first 
dance.. He then, uses his oft-seen 
routine involving a cane that fol- 
lows him, seemingly through thin 
air, since he hasn't a hand on it, 
through varied steps; It's an eye- 
catcher, and he draws big response. 

Dick Hammen is a harmonica 
tooter, and he also clicks nicely. 
He , works over "Chinatown" for 
his first bit, using various instru- 
ments, then goes into a Spilcc Jones, 
takeoff, with a dozen or more 
gadgets hung on a .stand. It's okay. 
Jdy Lawrence is Larry .Sloreh's 
brother, and doing- t^ie same sort 
of an act. Launching his vocal and 
Pliysical apings of .stars with one 
of Gary Grant, he goes through 
the usual string of Sydney Green- 
street, Gabriel Ileatter, Clark Ga- 
ble, Humphrey Bogart. etc. He 
gets quite a few. lauglis. out of 
them, due to good material, partic- 
ularly the bow-off bit on Rrez Truf 
man. but ties them together loose- 
ly. He- goes over very , solidly. . . 

Wood. 



tlie contrastingly fuUsized Mark 
Plant for snappy crossfire. Latter 
has considerable vocal equipment 
and uses it well, and Ganzoneri 
adds to the general laugh effort. 
Closing bit in which Jo Lombard!, 
tiouse orch director, is f ung in for 
funny support as w.lt. song- 
writer" ties matters up soundly. 
Biz fair. Eiirm. 



47 



Capitol, X. Y. 

Ted Straeter Orch (19) with 
KiUy Crawford, DtQfc & Gene Wes- 
so«, Betty Bruce, Jean Sablon; 
"One Touch of Venus". (M-G), re- 
viewed in Variety Aug. 25, '48. 

Courage, perhaps, is something 
I that may. be lacking: in slTow biz 
■ these days, but maybe the Capitol 
i is being courageous during its cur- 
1 rent show. That may account for 
! the Jean Sablon booking. That's 
] where the courage comes in. It's 
I the French chanteur's initial tliea- 
I tre date in America. 
I Sablon is not for theatres. 
I Granted, he has a special savoir 
j faire and hand-kissing charm for 
the gals at, say, the Wedgwood 
I Room of the Waldorf-Astoria — but 
' the Cap is no mecca for the chi-chi, 
I la-de-da set. At the Cap you grab 
' the first seat you can, but fast, and 
I don't try any stuff, bud, or a guy 
I with a leer will send you on your 
I rear! No, the Cap just ain't the 
I Waldorf, 

|. At around $7,000 weekly, this is 
j quite a gamble; Sablon, suavely 
attired in dinner jacket, has none 
of the pace required of theatre 
work. In cafes you work, maybe, 
up to an houri; . unlike theatres, 
where a Sablon must do a brisk 
15-20 minutes, then off. In theatres 
you've got to work fast to achieve; 
an intimacy with the audiencej and 
that's what Sablon fails to do. His 
explanations of his French chan- 
ties, made necessarily prolonged 
because of his hesitating English,: 
only add to the situation. This 
along with his attempts to do Eng- 
lish song.?, which, of course, are: 
concessions to mass appeal. 

Sablon's French or Gallic-fla- 
vored tunes, of course, are those 
mostly familiar to the American 
ear, like "Place Pigalle," "Mam- 
selle," "Le Fiacre" and "J'Atten- 
drai," with a further concession to 
mass appeal via his jitterbug num- 
ber. The latter is like a Broadway 
hackie on the Champs Elysees. 

Otherwise, there are Betty Bruce 
With her highly stylized and inter- 
esting taps; Dick' and Gene Wesson, 
doing assorted comedy; plus Ted 
Straeter pacing a neatly playing 
band. 

.. ■ Miss Bruce's costumes are . al- 
ways an integral part of her click, 
iind'thi% time she. likewise wears a , 
.stunner^hat enhances her overall j 
impression. And her taps never { 
fail to excite. 

The Wessons, back together 
after having split some time ?go< 
are mainly dependent, as always, 
on the antics of the smaller 
brother. The Other one is the foil, ; 
and a little too stiff jierhaps, while 
Dick Wesson is especially talented, 
Minicries, of course, are still- the 
basis of their act, but their ma- 
terial needs freshening. 

Straeter is : an .. . unassummg 
maestro who handles the show's in- 
troductions neatly without any fan- 
fare, and he backgrounds the show 
nicely. Straeter himself does 
a turn at the ivories, and clicks, 
while band vocalist Kitty Craw- 
ford handles herself pleasantly. 

Kalin. 



disc tunes. "Sabre Dance," "Far 
Away Places," and "Sorrento" are 
all well handled. "Come Out My 
Pretty Kitten," a slapstick novelty 
with one of the brothers handling 
the tune and the other clowning 
in skirts, gets all the laughs and 
attention it seeks. Tops in audi- 
ence appeal, however, is a jam- 
boree of spiritual tunes." 

Comedy slot is ably filled by 
Barney Grant's hillbilly routine. 
Comic's routine is the typical dead- 
pan, slow hillbilly twirl, but it's 
smartly done and has more Variety 
than most. Frankly corn, it gamers 
plenty appreciation. 

Miss Tyner wraps it up with a 
pair of piano medleys of different 
moods and tempo. One has varia- 
tions and unique interpretations 
of such sentimental hits as "Tea 
for Two," "Tree in the Meadow" 
and "Piano Portrait." Other is a 
masterful display of below-the- 
border moods based on "Bala" and 
"Brazil." Everything the gal does 
gets rave response from payees 
here. It's deserved, too. Loiee, ■ 



VARIETY BILLS 



WEEK OF NOVEMBER 3 



Kuiiicrali In coiilMCtlon wUli: bill* below indicate openliis dar of tlioiv 

. n'li«tlier full or fiillt week, . 
Leitrr In pnreutli«s«ii Indira les <-ii-(Miit: (1) Indepcnilvnt; <L) l.new; (.M) Mfltai ' 
(I') I>Hr«niuinit; (U) llKOi (S) Stiill; OV) Wurnerj (WH) Waiter KeHds 



Oi-c 



Palladium, London 

London," Oct. 22. 

Val. Parnell presentation of "Sky 
High." George & Alfred Black re- 
vue in. two acts (.15 scenes) ^ Book 
and music by Phil Park, Howell 
and Hammer. Directed by Alee 
Shanks, Joan Davis. Stars Chorlie 
Chester, John Boles, Henry Lyt- 
ton, Beatrice and Benedict;: The 
voris, The Colstons with Ken Mor- 
ris, Warren, Latona & Sparks, Fred 
Ferrari, hen Marten, Arthur 
Haynes, Edwina Carol, Jean Inglis, 
Daphne Kiemander, John Tiller 
Girls, Skating Ryles, Corps de Bal- 
let, Woolf Phillips and Skyrockets 
Orch. 



Lavishly staged and niftily cos- 
tumed, the new Palladium revue 
has all the qualities of success. 
Spectacular in its appeal, it is a 
satisfying eye-filling piece, graced 
with some . precision dance routines 

- : (Continued-on page 55): 



New Acts 



KURT MAIER 
Piano 

Club Basratelle, N. V. 

. . Kurt Maier is: the German pian- 
ist who attracted: considerable 
newspaper attention when he first 
arrived in the U. S. because- Of his 
background. A w:ki entertainer in 
Europe prior to the war, he was 
thrown into a concentration camp 
early in Hitler's regime and stayed 
there until the American Army lib- 
erated him: -This is his first sHbt 
at American show biz. 

.K fine pianist, he has wisely de- 
cided to sell himself on his ability 
alone. Club has put out no pub- 
licity on his background and he 
himself, although he emcees the- 
current Bagatelle show, makes no 
mention of it. Only trouble here 
Is that he works only as the Inter- 
lude pianist, which means he gets 
no chance at- the spotlight; He 
demonstrates, considerable versa- 
tility in what he . does, playing 
everything from Viennese waltzes 
to current American pop tunes, 
even throwing in some modified 
boogie. 

Guj? has yet to catch on to 
American show biz -techniques, 
since his personality doesn't pro- j 
ject too well: Right now. he's a good- j 
bet lor a similar job in any club. I 
If he works up a personality rou- 1 
tine, he should be; okay for solo i 
spots. Stal. [ 



NEW YORK CITY 
Capitol (L) 4 

Jean Sablon 
Ted Straeter 
Wesson Bros 
Betty Bruce 
Kanaiawa 3 
A/lusic Hall (I) 4 
Paul Haalcon ^ 
D Ktlieridge 
June Winters 
"Earl . Ijippy ; . 
Nonclialants 
Werner Lywen. 
Kiehard T KardoS 

Paramount (P) 2 . 
Jerry Wald Bd . 
Fronlcie Laine 
.Connie .Haines ' 
Dave Barry ■ 
Clavlc Bros 

Roxy (I) 3 
Peter .liind -Hayes. - ' 
Mary ■ Hcaly , 
Gaudsniitli Bros, 
.laclc Cole. 
Arnold Slioda 
JoanHyldoft 

Strand IW) I 
Vaughn ;Monroe Ore 
Jolinny Maeic ■ ■ 

BALTIIVIORE :; 
Hippodrome (I) I 
Dave ApoUon Co 
Danny Drayson . 
Tlte Jansleys ■■■ ■ 
Ed Tierney 

Stal* (I) 4-t ' 
Joe .' Arena -. 
Alan DraTce 
Fields & 'Pan» 
(one to mi). ■ 
7-10 

J & E Hayden 
.Nial Stanley 
.Noble 3 
(one to flin : 

CAIMDEN - : 
Towers (I) 5-7 
Tiie. Houg'htons-; 
Dale Sis 
Duke Art & Jr 
Alan llcno'. 
The Danvcoods 
CHICAGO - 
. Chleaso (P> I 
Ink Spots 
Peter J^orre ■ . ■ ■ 
Wally Brown- 
Bobby Whaling Co 

. Oriental (I) 4 
.Tane Powell 
Ray & Nardo . 
Barr Estes 
Hudenlco Bros 

V CLEVELAND 
Palac* (Ri 4 
Horace Ileldt Rev 
Don Rice 
Phillis L(1e 
Mclo'dares . . ■ 
Johnny Mungall 



Nadine Jansen . 

Pat: Ttacriault- 

Jack Green 

Jimmy Crosso 

Harold Parr 

Stanley ; Morse . 
COLUIMBUS 
Palace (R) MO 

Harmonicats 

.Roscmarie 

Iler/.ogs / 

Nip Nelson . . 

4' £vans ■ ■ . 

HARTFORD 
State (I) 5-7 

Alvino: Rey Ore. 

Amateur Winners : 
MIAIMl: 

Olympia (P) I 

iUclino & llollis 
Bob Sidney - 
.iolinny 'Downs : 
1 Mori'is : & / Ryan '. 
Plutocrats. 

PATER50N : : 
Majcitic (l)> 4-7 
Dewey Sis 
Roy Douelas . ' 
Boyd Heath : 
Brooliins & Van 
Tile Boelcf ords 
'-• «-io ■ 
Monette & Perry . 
Cousin Ida ;: 
Kay & Karol . . 
Alan- Reno : 
B Wells i 4 Fays 
READING 
Ralah (I) 4.4 
3 Kayos 

Wallace Puppets 
.C Fredericks Co 
Neal Stanley 
Pied Pipers ■ 
; ROCKFORD 
Palace (I) 4-7 
'^Stop. 'Look & ' ' 

• Listen Revue.''. 
Roger & Rae ' 
Dene' St Lynn 

3 Roclcets 

R Knight tc Euscolc 
(one to fill) 

WASHINGTON ; 
Capitol (L) 4 

Woodte * Bobby 
H Carroll tc Koss 
Marc . Bailero 
A Andrce & Bonnie 

Howard (I) S 
It Arm.9tronf; Show: 
Earl Hine."i Ore 
Lewis & White . 
The Zephyrs 

• . WATERBURY 

Pell (L) 3-4 
Tony Pastor Ore 
Vic Damone 
Leo De Lyon 
Cloony ..Sis - 



Cabaret Bills 



NEW YORK CITY 



BRITAIN 



rapiioK Wa!$h. 

Washington, Oct. 31. 
Euali/ii Tyncr, Grace DrysAale, 
Ames Bros. (4), Barney Grant, 
"Isn't It Romantic" (Par). 



Hi|ipoiIroin4>, 11a I <o. 

Baltimoi-e, Oct. 31. 
,'B«Wce & Hallow;, Mnrguri't Phel- 
011, Joey Adams wiOi Touy Canzon- 
fri & Mark Plant, Jo Lombardi and 
house orch (12); "The Untamed 
Breed" (Co!). 



. , ,Nice-playing layout is swiftly 
paced by Joey Atlains ;iiid builds 
to maximum laughs to closing .spot 
allotted to the comic with his prac- 
ticed foils, Tony : Canxonei'i and 
Mark Plant. 

Burke and Hallow, .boy .ind girl 
hoofcroos, open with snappy pre- 
cision tap and a b(>ll-i-inging chal- 
lenge for .sti-ong finislici-. Wake 
Ideal spot tor Mai-garcl Pliclan in 
the deuce with well dolivci-cd vo- 
cals including "Malaguona," and 
Buttons and Bow.<;." Looks well 
and delivers in groovcy .style, 

Adams gives with his usual for- 
'"at, gagging surely and utilizing 



It's a fine lineup at the Capitol ; 
this -session, with localite' Evalyn j 
Tyner thoroughly at homp on the , 
big stage as emcee and headlincr. ' 
Iii the ab.scnce of Sam .Jack .Kauf- ; 
man's house orch, the Tyner troupe i 
takes over and keeps the show roll- 
ing at even pace. 

Local pianiste has come a long 
wav. What was always consumm.nlo 
craftmanship and top-dra\scr skill 
on the ivories has also turned hep 
pi-eseiUation. Effectively staged on 
a supcrimpo-scd orch pit, with her 
sixpicee oi-ch, Mi.ss Tyncr gives de- 
finite class to the layout 

Teeing off with '■12th Street 
Rag,'' slie takes over einceeing and 
spotlights Grace Drysdalc in a 
novel puppet act. Latter handles 
her dummv tei-pers Irom a min- 
iature black stage. Illusions of 
reality is fine, and unusual toucli is 
given by a demonstration of how 
It's done There's some comedy 
gagging \uth one of the puppets- 
that falls fiat, but llie straight 
technique i.s' good and gets fine 
reception. 

Ames Bioa. of Decca record 
fame, prove to be show-slopijors 
with a .slick routine of their Lop 



FOUR STRIDERS 

Songs .'■■ - ' 

IS 'Mins. ■ ■■■ 

Blue Aiieel, \. Y. 

l?our .Striders are a well disci- 1 
plined vocal group with .colorful | 
arrangements strong enough to get ; 
hearty applause without benefit] 
of - instrumental accompaniment. ; 
The.se sepians have individually , 
good voices that enable each to ! 
take long .solo .stretches, while the • 
others provide rhythm and har- 
'inonies.' 

1'he group is .still to make it.s 
mark along showmanly lines. Out- 
fit lacks <in outstanding personality 1 
to provide ^ center of visual at- 
tention. Current stress is on vocal- ; 
izing which, while okay for record- < 
ings and radio work, is a handicap 
as l;ir as theatre and cafes are 
conc-prncd. 

Selections arc varied running 
from pops to novelty • and blue's j 
numbers. All of them 'have sryle 
renuni.scent of - the Mills Bro.s; 
especially with the big boy provid- 
ing a booming bass to give the 
outfit fi solid bottom. , :\ 

The Four .Sii iders recently re- 
corded a numbei* of sides for Capi- 
tol records. They're an ideal out- 
fit for disking under the mu.sic ban 
inasmuch as their a cappella work 
contains sufficient amount . of 
rhjlhm and harmony. Jose, . 



:bradford 
Alhambra (M) 1 

; Jackie . ; ' 
Dudley Dale Co 
Jenny Hayes ;. 
A .T' Powers . 
Binings & Diana 
D Gray Co 
Madrigal .'" 
S ' MacPherson . 

. BRIGHTAN 
Hippodrome (Ml: 1 
Nat Jackley 
4 Hurricanes : 
4 Pagolas 
Mai-lenne Lincoln . 
Jack Francois 
Robert Harris 
EDINBUR6H 
Empire (M) I 
Jack Anthony 
Bert Cecil 
Bay & Lvnn 
Richard Adams 
Delyse & Jeanctte: 
Bainbridge 3 & 

Irene ■ 
Max &. Gang . 
FINSBURV PARK 

Empire (Ml 1 
Joe Slein 
:Ford ife Sheen 
.Ronnie Stewart 
Fied Sloan 
Jackie.: Farr: : 
Archie Usher . ' 
Cyrus., 

GLASGOW 
. Empire. (M) 1 - 
Victoria Tl-P . 
Monte. Rey: 
M.-inlcy b Austin 
Mooncy & ICing 
IIcnd(!rson 'rwins 
Hyde & Marker* 
Flack *£ ijucns 
Tommy Fields 
Senor Wences 
Amur & Aiana 
HACKNEY 
Empire (S) 1 
Issy; Bonn 
Petersen Bros. 
Kcmble; Bros 
T & D Kendall 
Fnncanas : ,' . 
J.-ick iCcily Co 
li" Whitclcy Co 
Sainba' Cabaiicros : 
LEEDS 
Empira ;(M) : .1 
NonnaO' Kvans. ' 
F «, r King 
.Swan lyei'gh , 
liadi litre 4 Ray 
M & C Ciay 
Austm 4- Worth 
LEICESTER 
palace (S) ,1 
Geo Doonan . 
Rav'ol ' . : :, 
Jcnk.s Wjliiam.S'. 
Hortis & Maish 
Kinyot .Sis 
JacV: Ti-acv 

LIVERPOOL 
Empire ''M) 1 
'N: Mill.? & JSobb.S' . 
11; & A I'caj^toori ; 
2 KcHy» 
4- Bobrit-s 
,Simp.son's - 

HumancUc* 
Laio & Mu.sctte 
O.ssie 'Noble ' ■ 
IJcrtie Hare 

: LONDON 
Hippodrome iMi : 1 
.Vic, Oliver 
Pat i<irl<wood 
l-'l-ed :Knin<;y . 
Wally Bong 
Meliu'hrino': Ore 
-MarHyn , lliKhiow.cr 
Michael Bontine ': 
.Julie ■ A ndre ws; .• ^ 



Jean t'arson . , 
SantiKQ Ud 

Palladium (MM 
Gheerlul diarlio 

(Chester Go: ■ 
John Boles . 
Colstons: 
Zorls . 

Skating Ryles 
Beatrice &. 

Benedict . 
.Warren 

Latona A Sparke.^ 

Jean Inglis - 

France Clcry 
MANCHESTER 

Hippodrome (Si I 

Jimmy JewcU. 

Ben Warriss 

Anna Mac , • 

Downey -&: Day 

Transler & Huliey 

Peter Biair 

Benson Dulay 

Lcs Breatos , 

3 Fayes :■ 

NEWCASTLE 
. Empire (M) 1 

Lucerne Skaters 

Geo Formby . 

Gaston Palmer: . - 

K Komedy Kirks: 

.V Julian & l'et..s 

Hackford Ik Doyle 

Arthur Worsley 

Dassie Bros 

E & J Paul 

NOTTINGHAM 
Empire (M) 1 

3 Alphost. 

DonAld Ptrxs:: 

Bobbie Kilbber 

Dick Bentlcy 

C^uribas . . 

IjOW Parker - 

Tovarich Trp . . : 

R Roper & Maisie 
PORTSMOUTH 
Royal (M) I 

O'Kecte Sis & . / 
! ^ Richards ' 
j.Boy ' Amlro 
I Dick Henderson : 

Fred Loyelle .• 

fit <}niiiada< : 

:. Peter 

Gladys Hay 
I Harold ^ Berens 
I Michael' Moore ' : . 
I SHEFFIELD 

Empire (M) 1 
, Heiiiy Ii.ili Oic 
' Ted Ita-. 

S & M iLiriison 
iJlll .Manneis 
iMerliieth Old 
I Maple Leaf 4 

SHEPHERDS BUSH 
[ ' Empire' (S) 1 
I Frank Randle 
1 'Gus : Aubn-y 
.' Ben Warren Ti-p 
(:J:Iat swam t.'o 
' Rita Shearer . 

• A. .1' F'owcrs 

: .John. Hoden : ... • 

i Man(iala.y, ; .Singers 

1 SWANSEA 

I Empire (Ml .1 . 

.'iia. Petite I'oupce 

I I'clcr^ Sis 

'PaulBcrny 

i Wood &: liarmer 

• Reg Dlxoii .' ■ 

. W Kcppcl A: Bctly 
! 6iU : WaddingVora : , 
i DanceUc.s 

' WOLVEI? HAMPTON 
I Hippodrome (MJ ,: 1. 
i Ki-nie i.uLin>;a 
, 2 Tomson,s 

• :i ('ab.'illfros ■ 

J llettv IJriivne.:. : 
■ Tommy I,u<l<land 
j Lewis King . 
Gene Patton- • 



Bagatelle 

Dorothy Ross 
Deep River Boyi 
Kurt.. Maier.-'. ' 
Orcta Lind 

: Brevoort- 
Dahne Ilellman 
Marion - Manner! . 
3 Flames 

Blue Angel : 
John Lawrence 
.Striders 

George Premice 
Imofc'ene Coca 
Fletcher & Sheidy 
I Ellis Lai:kin . 3 
. Gafe Jamet 
Pat Harrington . 

Carnival . 
Louis Prima- Ore 
Cafe Society 
Jack GUford 
Dave Martin Ore 

Copacabana 
Joe E Lewis ; 
Austin Mack 
Diane Adrian 
Blackburn Twins 
Terry Stevens 
Sonny CaleUo " 
M Durso Oro 
Alvares Oi*c : , . 

China Doll 
Noro Morales Ore 
.lose Curbello Ore 
Florence Hin Low 
Joe WonB ■ . . 
Beatrice Fung Oye 
Liil* (7) 

Diamond Harsmhee 
Ilenny Youngman 
-Jack Gansert. 
Biily Banha 
Choral Sextet 
H Sandler Oro : 
Alvarei Mera . 
Juenger BaUet Line 

Ebony 
Pc<irl Primus 
Riminer Sis 
Cook & Brown 
Oliver Travers 
E.<iy Morales Ore 
B Harding Ore 
El Chlco 
Fernanda Crespo 
Maria T Acosta 
:Tno Casino . ■ 
Rita: & Rozino 
E Vizcaino Oro 

Embassy 
Vivienne Segal . 
I'upl -Campo Oro 
Sacasas Ore 

Harem 
Red Buttons 
Don Dennis 
linccr Twine 
Hiciodeera 
iMarcia LelghtOD 
'vioroccans 
Bod Alexander 
V Travere Or* 
.:De',.Lage':-.. '..'.- 
Wanger. Line ' 
Piroska 

D Hoberti Ore 
- HavanaiMadrld 

I^os ' Bocheros 
l>e Castra Sis 
Mildred Ray Line 
Ralph Pont Oro 
Machito Ore 
Hotel Belmo't-Plaia 
Eddie Stone Ore 
George De Witt 
Hotel: Blltntore 
Russ . Morgan Ore 
Harold Nagel Ore 

Hotel Bdlson 
Henry Jerome Ore 
{ No I Fifth Ave: 
I Nancy Andrewi 
I Goodman. & 
Kirkwood 
Ila/el Webster 
Downey & FonvlUe 

Penthouse Club 
Jayne Manners . 
(Clarke Morgan : , 
ITerh Schutz 
Hotel: Ambassador 
Fred Oliver Ore 
William Adiel! Ore' 
William Scottl 
Ennio Ore ' 

Hotel Attor 
Blue Barron Ore 
J -Three Suns 
r' Hotel New Yorker 
I Ray McKinley Ore 
! Hotel Pennsylvania 
1 'I'ommy Oorsey 
I Hotel Piccadilly 
( Dell Trio 



Hotel Plaia - 

Charles Trenet 
G & M Champion , 
Rosalind Courtrit:ht - 
Leo Keisman Ore 
Mark Monte Ore 
Payson Re Oro 
Nycola Matthey Or 

Hotel Pierre 
Roger Dann 
Hoctov & Byrd 
Chas Reader Ore 
Van Smith Ore. 

Hotel St Moriti : 
Alice Tvrell 
Dick Winslow 
L & E Roberta 
Mervyn Nelson : 
Fred Marks - 
Soft Winds 3 
Herman Schoon 

Hotel Sh IUgl» ; 
Nan Wynn 
Laszlo & Peplto 
M Shaw Ore 

Hotel Roescveif 
-Guy. Lombardo 
Hotel Savoy Plan 
Irving Conn Ore 

Hotel Taft 
Vincent Lopei Or* 
Charlie Drew 

Hotel WarwkH 
Don Held 
Dorotliy Douglasi 
Dave Mann 
Jan: August Ore 

katin Quarter , 
Sophie Tucker 
Ted Shapiro 
Landrc Ar Verua 

Step Bros 

Tommy Trent 
June Graham. 
Richard Darcy ... 
Miriam Gwynne 
Eddie Michaels 
Dick Grayson 
Promlnaders 
Vlng Merlin Or* : - 
3 Harlow Ore - . 

Le DIrectoIr* 
Abe Burrows 
Frank York Ore 
Gringo Ore . 

Le Perroquet . < 
Hugh Shannon 
Martha Short ^ 
Marvin Raymer ' 

Le Ruban- Bleu 
Connie Sawyer 
.Thelma Carpenter 
Win : Jordan . 
Raymond Ohase • 
Julius Monk 
Norm.ann Parle S 
Leon ft Bddi*'« 
Eddie Davis 
Art Wancr Ore 
WalUs & Carroll 
Doris tc Robert 
Ralph -Youns - 
KarloB & 

Charmaine 
Shepard Line -. 

Old Roumanian '■•> 
Sadie Banke - 
.lohnny -Howard- -: 
.Sandra Klrtay 
BeUa: Smaro . , . - 
Joe LaPorte Or* 
D'Aquila Ore 
Savannah 
Howell & Bowser 
Ida James 
Hot Shots 
Tops & Wild* 
Nata & Rava 
Phyllis Branch 
Lou Dixon Ore 

Splvy'a 
Wade Donovan 
Roslynd Lowe - 
Spivy ,',' ' ',: 

vertallM* 
Edith PUf 
Bob Grant Or* 
Panchito Ore 

Village Barn 
Harry Ranch Ore 
Shorty Warren Ore 
Paulings 
Piute Pet* 
Vlllaqe VansUfM :: 
.Tay Marshall ' ' 
Dottie Reid 
Loumel ikiorgan S 
Biil.v Taylor 

Wsldorf-Astarl* - 
Eddie Duchin Ore 
Marijnret Pheian 
McCarthy & FarreU 
Miscba Borr Ore 



CHICAGO 



I - Blackhawh 

i Al Trace Orch 
' -Jackie Van 

Hotel BltmaFk 

Patricia Windsor 
, P & M Arnaud 
; Peggy Murdock 
, J: Eeatherstone Or .; 
I Heltlngt 

A I Morgan 
, Johnny. O'Leary , 
1 tiai-rietle Blake 
I .lane :Clftmi;ns . 

Andy Nelson O (4) 
< H Edgewater Beach 
, .Sinn Kramer 
! Oliia 

Will Osborne Ore 

D ni)d Dancers (12) 
' ' Chez Pare* 
i llarvey Stone 
. 'i'he Vagabonds 

Gi-acie Barrie 
: 1* Franks & Janyce 
.; Atlorabies (10) - 

(' Davidson O (11> 

J ICodriqucz . pfc : - 



Hotel Stevens' 

Benny .Strong Ore .. 
B & F Ballard , 
ilohn Flanagan' - ; 
.lean Arlen . . 
Marian Sneiman 
Skating Blvdeari: . 
Bog Turk 

Hebfield & Del iToro 
Doris Donavan 
Eiwood C^rl 

Palmar Houi* . 

Crirr WlUlan-.s Or* ■ 
I.Robert Lamouret 

M Abbbtt Dcra (10) 

Stan .I-'ishcr . 

D'Angelo & Vanya 
Blacksten* 

Joan Edwards : 

Joel Merman Ore 
I Vine Gardens' : 
! Mel Cole Ore 
( .locy Bishop 
1 Judie Manners . . 
I Pancho's Khumba B 
' Daniels ; & Daoice .. 



Lamb's Sydney Click 

Sydney, Oct. 2(1. 
Gil Lamb .scored a hit at the 
Tivoli here in Dave Martin's vaude 
.show;: He had previously been a. 
click in Melbourne: 
; Supporting -. Lamb arc Sugar 
Baba and the Rudas Twins. 



Spike Jones into Slapsie Maxie'i. 
Hollywood, Nov. 8, 



4S 



I.K«ITIjlIATB 



Wcdneidaf, Noirenilier 194S 



Executive Status Only Hitch As 
Union Merger Deal Nears Completion 



Plea for Selden Visit 

Washington, Nov. 2i 



With the administrative setup in*- ' 

Actors "Equity Assn. somewhat ' n. , iv . /i . n I 
cUrified, final details will probably ' *jtate UCPt UCIS DOUSlaS 

i be : worked out next week for the ~ ^ 

merger of the four principal east- \ 
er n talen I unions. Committee of : 
Equity, American Federation ; of ! 

Radio Artists, American -Guild of I state Dept. has received a re- 
Musical Artists and Chorus Equity quest from Ambassador Lewis 
Assn. has drawn up a tentative ; Douglas, in London, for clearance 
draft for the consolidation. If ap- for Samuel Selden, director of tlie 
proved at a final meeting, it will | Carolina Playmakers, to go to Eng- 
be submitted to , the goyerning | land to address various theatre 
boards of the various unions. If groups on the subject of folk drama 
' okayed therci it will be presented , and the American regional theatre, 
to the memberships for final ratiti- j Understood the bid. came through 
cation. _ jthe Arts Council of Great Britain. 

, Apparently the : only Femaining { Matter, has 'been- referred' to the 
hitch is over the execulive person- ' American National The.atre tt 
nel of the merged organization. ' Academy, in New- -York. ■ . ' 
It's generally agreed that George 



2 Negro Aidas 

Two Negro Aidas are appear- 
ing in New York this &I1 in 
Verdi's opera of that name, 
in different companies. 

The Salmaggi Opera Co; is 
presenting "Aida" at the 
Brooklyn Academy of Music, 
with Mu?iel Bahn in the title 
role, Nov. 13. Miss Rahn sang 
Carmen. in the Broadway pro- 
duction of "Carmen Jones" 
some seasons ago. The N.- Y. 
City Opera Co. staged its first 
"Aida" at City Center last 
Thursday (28). with Camilla 
Williams in the name part. 
Personnel of the two opera 
outfits are white in the main, 
although Muriel Smith has 
sung with Salmaggi, and Law- 
rence Winters is also singing 
in City Center's "Aida." 



Heller, present national executive^ 
secretary of AFRA, is to have , the 
top exec post in the enlarged union 
and that Henry Jaffe is to be chief 
counsel. However, the Kqttity con- 
tingent is reportedly contending 
that . both these posts should not 
go to radio union representatives. 

That WLuld in effect narrow the 
situation cfown to a choice tietween 
Heller and JalTe. Only : immediate 
alternatives to Ileller might be 
Hy Faine, executive-secretary of 
AGMA; Angus - Duncan; acting 
exe»-seC' of Equity; Ruth : Rich- 
mond, top executive in Chorus 

-Equity, or Frank Reel, assistant to 
Heller in AFRA. Rebecca Brown- 
slein, attorney for Equity and Cho- 
rus Equity, is the only apparent 
alternative to Jaffe. 

■ There are understood to . be: two 
suggested methods of solving the 



Selden's N. C. Stager 
Chapel Hill, N. C, Nov. Z. 

"Egypt Land," . an inspirational 
drama by Robert G. Armstrong, 
Jr., will be given its first produc- 
tion tonight and tomorrow night 
(2-3) by the Carolina Playmakersi 
drama group of the Univ. of North 
Carolina. 

:Samuel Selden staged it. 



1949 Strawhat Season Envisioned 
'Best Ever ; 99 Spots Already Set 



Nixon Blows Whistle 

For mde' Pan 



* From preliminary indicationa, 
the 1949 summer theatre seaton 

may be the biggest ever. So tar,;, 
managements of 99 spots haw.: 
revealed plans: for resuming next 
summer, while six otliers will be; 
active, buf at different location;, 
or ; the prospects, ; 63 .operate 
Equityrf ranchiscd . tlieatres and 36 , 
are noa-Equity. Approximateljr:; 
210 spots were active last sum-'/ 
mer. 



Pittsburgli, Nov, 2. 
Nixon theatre lias cancelled all 
legit advertising in and withdrawn 
openiilg-night critic' passes from 
Bulletin-Index, local class weekly \ 
newsmag, as a result of unfavor- j 
able review for recent Theatre ] of those reporting on the 1948 
Guild production, "Silver Whis- 1 season, 32 claimed that busin(>sa 
tie," in that publication. Notice j was better than the previous sea- 
was written by Anson Campbell, I son and 23 declared it was worse. 



U.S. Pbywrights Refuse 
To Sell Drama Rights 
To Scandmavia, Is Chum 



■. : Stocliftdlm,:?'Qciti 26..-;:.' 
Scandiijavia has ; seen few AiT>eri- ! 
can plays in, recent years because. 
U. S. playwrights or their agents j 

mTt^rVne"" proposed""tJ^' The \ l^^^^^ t 'niimf P.l" n^^J^r^^ ' 
Equity contingent, would require ' ^ore^^^^VSn^fT?/*^^^^^^^^ 
tliat the choice of execulive and ■ ™g«^jf ^e^^^^^^^ 
chief counsel be part of the pre- ^^"^^^^^ Scandmavian publisher of 



liminar.y agreement, to be decided 
by agreement of the governing 
boards of all the -UDions: The other, 
■ proposed by the AFRA spokesmeni 
would leave the selection of per- 
sonnel to the overall board of the i 



plays, Which sUjpplifeS scripts to- all 
■theatres-, here. ■':■._.■'■ ■; : , :.:',:.:' 

Interest in American piays is 
keen, he said, so that he can't iin- 
dorstand the reluctance to eriter 
the; Scandinavian ni irket, if it's a 
. . ,. Tr . - [ matter of high taxes on proceeds, 

merged organization If an agree- arrangements can be made 

ment on either method of selec-|^„ j.emit in part over a number of 
tion isnt reached at the merger ; ^^.^^.^ j„ ^^^^ tf,^ ^^^^^^ 

Every ;Scihdiijavian ^ piroducer. 



committee's final ; meeting, the 
-whole question may be tossed into 
the laps of the Equity council and 
the AFR.A national board. 

U nd e r t he ■ proposed merger plan 
as drafted by the committee, the 
Initial governing board of the over- 
all union: would number 44 repre- 
sentatives from the various mem- 



says Hammaren, has been after 
"Harvey," but the author's agent 
has turned a deaf ear to bids for 
three years. It's taken until re- 
cently to get the rights for "Okla- 
homa!" or "A Streetcar Named De- 
sire." The only author ' one can 
get results from apparently is Eu- 



ber groups. Equity and AFRA ; gg^g O'Neill and his N. V. agent 
would have la each, and. Chorus i j^jg^g^^j lyigj^gj, . 
Equity and AGMA would havej ^^.^^^ playwrights prefer to wait 
seven each. The non-paid presi- .^^i^i, Scandinavian preems until 
dent of the organization would be 1 af^pr the London openings, but 
selected Irom Equity. After the , hammaren thinks they're wrong, 
unified group's first convention, | p,ay t^at succeeds in England 
probably to be held next fall, rep- j pan prove a bust in Sweden— and 
resentation on the overall govern- . v,(,g versa. Fact that legit in 
Ing board would be accordmg to Sweden has government support is 
■ the humerical.;5trength of the memr ' — 



Equity Adjusts 
Its Exec Setup; 
Staff Pay Hikes 

Council of Actors Equity Assn. 
took steps during the last week 
to straighten out the unionfs mud- 
dled administrative setup: It voted 
Friday (29) to continue Angus Dun- 
can as temporary executive-secre- 
tary, but at a "substantial" in- 
crease in salary (reportedly about 
double his former pay), with the 
possibility that he may presently 
be given the assignment on a 
permanent basis. Meanwhile,. Re- 
becca Brownstein's status .as coun^ 
sei was clarified. : 

With the idea of bringing the. 
union's .personnel situation up. to 
date, initial steps have been taken 
to give liberal salary raises to vir- 
tually the entire : staff, most of 
whom have received no increases 
lor 10 years or more, although 
their' pay: even then was ; barely, 
adequate. Tentative : schedule ; of. 
wage, boosts has 1 been drawn up 
for consideration by the council 
in the next couple of weeks, pref- 
erably before Christmas. It's ex- 
pected that the raises will bt 
okayed readily by the council, al- !: 
though the union's payroll must be i 
kept: within a limited budget. i 

Duncan's status was the subject ; 
of a special council , meeting last j 
week, at whicli a committee headed .' 
by «^ymond Massey reported on i 
its five-month study of the execu- 1 
live situation. Understood that in-; 
the interim, Paul Dullzell, who re- ' 
tired last spring as exec-sec, had 



who recently instituted a page of 
critical comment in the mag: be^; 
fore that,; shows; were only brief-* 
ly listed. 

Action against Bulletin-Index 
was taken by Eddie Wappler, 
I Nixon manager. ■ House is operat- 
ed by Marcus Heiman and Tony 
I Conforti, who owned theatre un- 
ftil its recent sale to AlunUnum Co. 
ol, America. They now - are run-r 
I ning site: on lease until Alcoa tears 
I it down to make: way for big of- 
' fice building, which will probably 
be at the end of next season: 



;^ine (naiiagcmeinits state;} ihilt thi - 
1948 semester^ was,-., •.''■'.about.'"' .the; 
same" ^ 190, ' ')^fi>r 'variioiis spqU, 
194iJ', ;was : : the'.'- ^flrst' ■..■■suinnier//:.' it^. 
there was lib basis of comparisoii. 

Friinklin : Trask, who had eighi; 
theatr<eS 'l*?t Slimmer, Will add »:. 
taintb sfahd tp' his circuit for I849i' 
despite an estinMted ?!o% drop ii 
biisines^; fciir 1948; He ; hiisn't i-e- 
vealed whetne the ;ai}diUdnal spot 
wilt he, but; is :iigurihg eh itavins ■ 
liine ■ditferent : producUonS, each- 
of which win play a *eek ,at evenr 
iibuse :in. the circuit. All will l»e : 
guest-istar units, continuittg^ the 
policy bf last; summer. T^ 
erates a stock company iat Biattlie 
Hall, Canibridgei :,M^s&y ' dttitibjil 
the winter season. ,•■■.■'..,■••.,;' ' ■ 
. iJespit<j : better attendance last' : 
summer; increaseijl operatinic.' co^; 
reduced the net rettirh nh the 10^ ; 
week seasbn' at' the ifahiptpn : jpiajr* 
bouse. Bridgehampton, ;t , 
cording, to produce^!' :Gait Hillsda/' 
If Equity boosts: the : scale: any 
higher or adds further rdstrie- 
tions, thie tnati^gement says it .may 
have to close or revert to nott'r 
Equity status, "after three yean 
of struggle and a large personal 
investment in equipment." ■ ': '! : ■ 
■ Ray Hingiey and Robert . Vaster 
report a "mailed drop" in busi- 
ness at the Finger , Lakes drama 
festival, Ithaca. N. Y, last sum- 
, , , , . ^ I mer, for whicli they blame "Ui« 

_„ ... weekly paycheck of $350 for just i inflated cost of living " The slump 

raises will be routine talent is commonplace now- occurred despite 
adays. ■ 



Manager Points Up 
Shortage of Players 
In Yiddish Theatre 

New Haven, Nov. 2. 
In for a one-night stand of "The 
Cantor's Daughter" at the Shu- 
bert (26), Leon Schachter, di- 
rector of the troupe, had a few 
pertinent observations to unload 
concerning the law of supply and 
demand ..l it applies to -Jewish 
actors. 

According to Schachter, the 
ranks of this particular branch of 
the profession are becoming so 
thin that those now on tap can 
demand a stipend considerably out i 
of line with former . salaries. A ' 



ber unions. 
■; One minor point still unsettled 
Is Heller's status with AFRA if 
he becomes executive head of the 
merged organization. Heller report-^ 
edly would like to retain his execu- 
tive-secretary title with AFRA; at 



an aid to plays, too. O'Neill's "The 
Iceman Cometh" was a big success 
in Stockholm, Oslo and Copen- 
hagen. It hasn't been seen in Lon- 
don -yet.;'. ■ ■ 

Sweden has to go to other coun- 
tries looking for material, Ham- 
maren claims. French plays are 



GORELIK'S SURVEY OF 



least on a nominal basis, with Reel ! very popular, with Jean-Paul 
handling the day-to-day executive | gartre and Jean Anouilh the favor- 
duties of the radio union. How-|ites. Spanish authors, especially 
ever, it's considered doubtful if Garcia Lorca and Del Valle-Inclan, 
either AFRA or the Equity-Chorus ; are increasingly popular. 
Equity contingent would agree to' "Dtar HuUi" has been an enor- 
such a setup. i mous success, having been given 

I over 200 times at the New theatre, 

j Copenhagen.: It's also done very 
well :pn tour in 'Sweden, "jpah biE 
•ri..^'*i.»^ . .T . Loi-raine'-. was put :on badly in 

EUROPEAN THEATRES 'Coi'onhagen and flopped. Then it 
liUnviLi/iM lUMJixinuu ^^^^^^ Municipal the- 

Mordecai Gorelik, stage and film aire in Gothenburg and was a big 
designer, shoves ofl, on , a leisurely . success. The Municipal took it on 
Europeaji tour of all capitals on lour and did well with it. Oslo 
behalf of the Nittional Theatre ■ liked the- Municipal's .version and 
Conference, ,but 'under Rockefel- ' will soon have its own, at the Del 
ler Foundation grant, to explore Ny theatre. 

actual staging methods in postwar 

Europe. His now standard Samuel 
French, Inc. book, "New Theatres 
for Old." was the result of two 
Guggeneim Foundation gr a n t s 
pre-war, when he studied the 
techniques of the last 50 years. 
The book has gone into its fiftli 



Preserit :shertage of ■ players in 
this field, is due to two main fac? 
toi^s.; First; impprtatiori oJ Viailent 
froin abroad has virtually .dried 
up, that market having . been; . a 
heavy wai; ca.sualty: ; Secondly,! and 
younger ;generai;ipn :over here is 
not- training in the: Jewish braneh 
but is taking its fling in the Amer- 
ican idiom. This is' : partteularly' 
agreed to' r'SAquislJcomplSe^^^^ """".'f^^l talent, which pre- 

executive reins and henceforth ^P" *° '^s lo with the diversi- 
comfine himself solely to his duties , "^"l English-speaking field, 
as treasurer. Latter will require i Another headache that besets 
his presence at the Equity office , managerial end of Jewish trouping 
only a couple of hours a week to I ^'}'^ "f ^^'^ with 
sign checks | touring. Unlike Equity, which has 

It's expected that, with the clari- i "If "S^^n/^'^^r^^J^^ ^7 
fication of his anomalous Executive fl'*!'!*" ^"^ fn^Ff^f 
po.sition, Duncan will probably be ' '",^"^f "^."/"li^l* 
able to operate more effectively f^^" /ow" to tipping the redcaps 
and .that before long he will re- f"^ ^f' ^H^'^: all mounts up 
ceive the full title of executive- L^m^h^*?/^'?"* "''t,'^^ 

secreUry. However, it was stipu- ■ fl 1,000 for a show 
lated that his salary increa.se is to | *,9L?f " „ , „ . „ , 
remain in force even if he doesn't ovch ^^K-f^' starrmg Freidele 
ultmately get the full exec-sec 9^^*"?^' ^^tT^i^**"'''/ ^"^^ T^' 
title, but becomes assisUnt to '"^ Montreal, and a week in 



improved public; 
relations, better promotion, excel- 
lent notices and a high standard 
of production," it's stated. George 
R. Snell, operating the Green Ililla 
theatre. Reading, Pa., plans to in- 
crease the capacity' of the house 
lower admission (top last 
summer was $2.10, including tax) 
to combat a sag in business. He 
has an Equity setup, with a guest- 
star policy. 

. Albert: H. Rosen was so success- 
ful in his first season at the Mont- 
' (Continued on page 50) 



someone else who might be ; 



Boston. Company included Leon 
Schachter, Sam Joscphson, Max 



Broadway Singer Takes 
Longhair Role With The 
Nippon Philharmonic 

Tokyo, Oct. 25. 
First appearance by a foreign 
artist with the Nippon Philhaf^ 
monic Orchestra will be made Nov. 
2 by Frances Cassard, Broadway 
musical comedy singer. She'll 
create further precedent by doing 
such western music as selections • 



brought in. But the latter prospect ,.', ■'oscpnson. Max ; such western 

'is not being considered. |Bo?hyk, l-lorence Weiss, Sally Jo- [from Wagner and Verdi, and prob- 

,<=.nb<:n„ o„u.„^,»_ ^^,y ^^^^^ ^^^^ performance In 

Japariese of an aria from "{tiadame 



edition and has just been pub- 
lislied in England. 

It's expected this itinerary by 
Gorelik will be productive of a 
book and arlirles. 



Catholic House for Hub 

Boston, Nov, 2. 
.-\n official Boston Catholic The- 
iitre, aiming at eventual; profes^ 
sionalism, gets undo;r way in the 



. , , . ■ isephson; Sammy Schachter. Reizel 

..ft^n^ff.Z<'^^' J"""" f'«Vbeen'Bo.hyk. Comedy was wri te" by 
settled for Miss Brownstein to re- William f.iegel, with music byMau- 
main as the union counsel. The ,.ive Tr«rhtrn:^n <it^aV^I^^ 
only remaining stumbling block, Hy^an fSCI Oscar Green fs 
Paul Turner's continuation as nom- impresario of. thLs onP 
inal chief council, is to be elimi- obliou^^v a l^^aof ^ f 

and the American Guild of Musical «tfmat^ $27oo at SI 60*^^^ 
Artists becomes effective. |CSHmai ecl »z,4»U at »3.60 to p. 

As. for then, Turner will retire 

I completely, not only as chief coUn- 

1 sel of Equity and Chorus, but also 

i as chief attorney for the Associated 

,' Actors & Artistes of America, the 
parent union. Meanwhile, Miss 

, Brownstein has received' a salary 
increase and the Equity is to pro- 
vide an a.ssistant at $50- a week. 



Modeled after the N. Y. Black- 
friars, the oulfil. endor.sed by 
/Vrchbishop Richard J. Gushing, 
will present plays of Catholic in- 
terest) including some by non-Cath- 



Edward W. KiuseUa, husband of o"^'. authors. Set for jiroduction 



during the sea.son are 



The Hound 
'The: 



Z Little Theatres Map 

Season in Kaycee 

Kansa-s City. Nov. 2. 
Resident Tbeatre has brought in 
Stanley Ackerman to take over di- 
rection of its . season of four pro- 



pvessagent Helen Hoerle <"Mag-, „ „ 

dalena"! critically ill in a N. Y. o/ "^-aven, The Rivals, 
liospital . . . WNEW, N. Y., tonight ^ong of Bernadette, Joan of Lor- 
(Wed.) at 9-30, will devote a half- raine," "Career Angel" and The 
hour program to "Medea," with Cradle Song." Theatre will use the 
excerpts frtfm the play aired for.N- K. Mutual Hall and put on the 
the first time via Decca's recording sliows for two nights in succession. 



TREACHER MAY COSTAR 
WITH HORTON IN TORY' 

If Arthur Tteacher doesn't do a 
new musical by Otto Harbach and 
Peter DeKose, he may costar with 
Edward Everett Horton in a revi- 
val of "Springtime for Henry" on 
Broadway this season. Theron 
Bamberger and Guy Palmerton 
would co-produce the latter show, 
with Ilka Chase and Louise AUbrit- 
lon as ferame leads. Joshua Logan 
\\ould be sought as stager. , . ' 

"Henry" has been a boxoffice 
goldmine for ilorlon in summer 



Butterfly." Kazuo. Yamada will 
conduct. 

Appearance of Mi.ss Cassard, who ' 
sang in 'On the Town" and had 
I a leading part in"Song of Nor- 
I way" on Broadway^ ha.s; created 
such public demand^ that the con- 
cert is already sold out and a sec- 
ond is being scheduled. Emperor.: 
llirohito is expected to attend the 
first! concert, which will mark the 
anniversary of the opening of Ja- 
pan to^ western -culture. . 

Singer will give a concert Sun- 
day (31) at the Ernie Pyle theatre ■ 
here for U. S. occupation troops. 



"The Hasty Heart," "An Inspector 
Calls" and^ ^'Sound of Hunting." 

Two productions will feature guest slock and on the road for many 

stars.: . ■■,■■.■■•■■ ■■■ ■ ■ - • 

New group, Universit.v Commu 
nity Players, was .set up last week* in 1931. 



NTC TALEHT TEYOITTS 
Second annual NTC Tryout 
Studio wrill be :prescnted for three, 
weeks beginning Nov. 8 at the 
Kaufman Auditorium YM & YWHA 
and Hunter College playhouse, 
N.Y. 

Tryout Studio i.'i a showcase for 
young actor graduates of National 
Theatre Conference drama depart- 
ments, professional schools and 
community theatres, intended to 
help them make U)e transition to 



seasons. Benn W. Levy comedy ' the professional stage. Broadwav 
•"""^ Broadway j producers, directors, agcnUs. etc., 
aie invited to attend the sessions. 



UBCilTIMATR 



49 



Mary Hunter Awarded Full Damages 
As Proser-Kipness Lose 'Shoes Plea 



Mary Hunter's contract -breach >- 
award against the producers of ! 
*dligh Batten Shoes" was sus- 
tained Monday (1) by the N. Y. | 
State appellate division, and judg- ] 
ment was entered. Because the 



St. Paul Peeved Again 



St. 



Minneapoli.?, Nov. 2. 
Paul . hecomes a one-night 



opinion was unanimous, no further stand for the third time this sea- 



!S?fel.'!.^ie. Shuberts Now Own M Broadway I 

House With 442G Buy of Belasco 



Michael 

from London 10 days ago, has been 
in Baltimore since, at John Hop- 
kins hospital for a checkup on an 
old ailment that bothered him 
while, abroad. He's due back, in N. 



Town Hall Lecturers 



* The Shuberts, who already have 
1 15 Broadway houses, this week ac- 
quired the Bela^co, N. Y., and tqok 
lover immediate operation of the 
Mrs, house. Nominal purchaser; at s re- 



Cscar Hammerstein, 11, ^ 
Clarence Day, J o h n M a s o n ported pricrof $442,000^8' Bernard 



: appeals may be taken, so full dam- 
ages inusf now be paid> Estimated 
;||iat the imhiediate payment will 
amouiit to about $25,000, plus sub- 

' aequent payments according to a 



son while the attraction plays al- 
mostj. an entire' week hcire.: This 
time it's "The Desert Song," pen- 
ciled into St. Paul for a matinee 
and night Nov. 21 after playing 



laees. 

"Burlesque-' and "Show Boat" 
also were booked into St Paul for 
single days while running full 
weeks in Minneapolis. "Annie Get 
Your Gun" passed up St. Paul en- 
tirely and ran the full week here: 
It's all hurtful to St. Paul civic 
pride, as evidenced by the St. 
Paul newspapers' antagonistic . at'^ 
titude. 



percentage of the gross of the New h^re for five nights and two mat 
York, road and subsequent comr 
panics, and all subsidiary rights. 

In their appeal to the appellate 
division, the defendants asked that 
the amount of the payments be de- 
^tertnined by: weekly arbitration, 
but the court called the proposal 
: **lilainly an effort to avoid deter- 
mination" of : the original arbitra-: 
: tion award. The producers, Monte. 
pToser and Joseph Kipness, were 
given the oppoFtuuit)!. to make vol-^ 
iintary payment of the award, but 
steps to enforce the judgment were 
provided. 

The opinion sustained the origr 
inal arbitration award,, which stip- 
ulated that the terms of Miss 
Hunter's contract with the pror 
ducers be observed in toto. Con- 
tract calls for Miss Hunter, as di- 
rector, to receive % of 1% of the 
gross of the original production of 
the musical comedy, currently in 
Its 57th week on Broadway; of the 
xoad company, currently in its 25th 
week in Chicago, plus all other 
companies (an English edition is 
being readied by Jack Hyltonlt and 
. fiom all fOm, stocky, vaudeville, 
television and other subsidiary 
rights. 

After Miss Huntfer had worked 
some weeks on preparations for 
the "Shoes" production, George 
Abbott was signed as director to 
supersede her, but the first she 
learned of the move was when she 
read of it In the dailies. Efforts to 
settle the matter failed, so Miss 
Iluntcr brought arbitration pro^^ 
ceediugs, as stipulated in- the con- 
tract. Her attorney was William 
Fitelson, while Proser and Kip- 
ness were represented by Milton 
- Weir, lawyer for the Shuherts, who 
bave a substantial piece of the 
"Shoes" production. 



Science Monitor Nixes 
Ads for 'Road Rome^ 
' Due to Adnltery Angle 

Boston, Nov. 2. 
Chi'istian Science: Monitor has 
rejected ads 
Kome," with 

' Repertory Assn. is launching its 
first season Friday Might (5) at the 
Copley theatre. However, the 
daily has; indicated its critic will 

• review the show.. 
. ' Reason for. the paper's frown on 
the Robert E. Sherwood anti-war 
drama is its adultery angle. How- 
ever, the sheet's editors over- 
looked a somewhat analogous set- 
up involving Bobby Clark in the 

, current Michael Todd musical, "As 
the Girls Go," and even the situ- 
ation in "Bravo," the new Edna 
Pcrber-George S. Kaufman play, 
in which much of, the action in-r 
volves the marital intentions of a 
Hungarian playwright and his 
"consort." 

■• .''Rome'' is the first local show 
to'.run afoul of the Monitor morals 
, taboo this season. 



aOllOi Profit 
EainedbyAimie' 

"Annie Get Your Gun," Irving 
Berlin .musical comedy .-which. 
Richard Rodgers and Oscar Ham- 
merstein, 2d, are presenting at the 
Imperial^ N. Y., and on tour, has 
thus far earned a profit of $1,012,- 
000 on an initial outlay of $320,- 
000. Excluding the producers' 
50% share^ that means 20th-Fox , 
the sole, backer, has already real- 
ized a: profit of nearly : 160% on 
its investment. 

Show is currently: piling: up addi- 
tional profits at the rate hf about 
$10,000 a week on the two com- 
panies. Returns from this and 
other productions are distributed 
by the R-H office the first of every 
month. That's , an unusually 
prompt setup. ' 



Y; today (Wed.). 

Producer flew to London for the 
British opening of "Lute Song," 
but didn't go on to Paris to look 
for play properties, as originally 

scheduled. He also had no chance i " " , .t - i/ui icu j^nue oi ii>n*^;uuu, is jjernara 

to see any other shows in London Brown and other show biz figures Friedman, an accountant In the 
for possible Broadway production. 1 f*"*^ listed among, the 60 speakers • ghubert office. 

for the 55th season of mommg I Tr„ . » n , 

lectures at Town Hall, N. Y. Ham- ! Jt^;,'"^",^^ 

merstem will talk on "The Newest W^Jicb Harty ■ E. 

Trends in the Theatre"; Mrs. D^y g^^^^ is^ President an^ 
on "Life WUh Clarence Day," and |,*°*hoW^rs mc^^^^ 
Brown on regular legit coverage lS2*i;,?*?^JPT%K^^ 
under his Saturday Review 

Thine. " ""l""™" Singer. It was purchased In 1944 

Sefson «.ill open today (Wed.)»t $32S00O^^^^ 
with commentator H: V. Kalten- S^^S.^^^^^ 
born analyzing "Our Post-Election Around $60,000 has been spent 
World;" Series will present ABC ; Property in ^^^^to^ four 

prez Mark Woods On "The Pres- p'®^*'*, out of operating profits, so 
ent and Future Of Television", in the new 

Aaron Copland, discussing "The qeail represents capital profit. It's 
Americah Scene in Mufeic,'' and p^tiniated^^t^^ ;«t .least $200,000 
James A. Mlchener, whose "Tales I w^J^^of ^novation will have to .h^, 
of the South Pacific" will form new »>»ne^^^^ Prbpi^rty 



Next Few Weeks 
Wyi Determine 
Fate of 'Heiress' 



AMBITIOUS ACTORS 

: ■Holiy\(Wi(!^;^.'Novf 'Z^^ 
A' new three-ih-Oiie thieatKy em- 
bodying the ds^qla and; iiabdi'atory 
idea buttressed ' by . high-powered 
Broadway or Holl.vwo6d names, is 
in process of eStablishmeiit here. 
Setup to be called th? Actors The- 
atre;: will inciude the. group iteceiit- 
ly active at La; Joita, with GregoiTr 
Peck» Joseph . Gotten, and otheiTS, 
plus Elia Kazan, j<>hh Crarfield and 
others from New York. Talent will 
for "The Road to j appear in shows, while, working in 
which, the Boston film productions, there being no 
matinees; only even.ing presenta- 
.tions; ■ ■ . 

Three-in-one idea revpiyes about; 
(he fact that theatre Wjll be Used 
for three purposeSj ; as; a liegiter 
(when it will Have: 1,000; seats); as 
a filmhouse, wRea it'\wili be en- 
larged to capacity ( 1 i60Ci seats), and 
as a television center. Theatre is 
being ; designed by Williani Pemra : 



Chicago, Nov. 2; 
Next few weeks' grosses fori 
"The Heiress," at the Selwyn the- 
atre, here, should determine 
whether the Basil Rathbone-star- 
ring drama will continue on the 
road through the balance of the 
season or fold --here. Show has 
played to six consecutive losing 
weeks, but after rave reviews ap- 
peared in the local dailies last' 
Thursday (28) attendance perked 
sharply for the final three per- 
formances of tfie -: opening week 
here. 

It's understood here that Fred 
Finklehoffe, Jr., producer of the 
play, and Jed Haxris, who staged 
it and has a substantial share,- dis- 
agree on whether to spend more 
money, to promote the Chicago en- 
gagement, or to close immediately. 
Finklehoffe is repNorted favoring 
the latter move, with Harris thus 
far succeedtng in bis.deterTnination 
to put the tour into the black with 
a successful engagement here. 

Period drama opened last Mon- 
day night (25) but because of a 
conflict with the premiere of the: 
Theatre Guild's "The Silver Whis- 
tlCi" the critics didn't cover It un- 
til the second night. Then, on ac- 
count of the printers' strike here, 
the reviews didn't appear until 
Thursday^ Business thereupon took 
a shatp lump; bringing the week's 
gross to, $11,800. That's in the 
red,' but under th6 circumstances 
is considered promising; . 



the book for a forthcoming Broad 
way; musical,, .'talking on young 
American writers. " •' 



Ask Authors To 
Take 'Shoes' Cut 



Coast 'Lend Ear' Pard 



86G Claim Vs. Jap Govt. 
In May De Sousa Estate 

Chicago, Nov, 2. 

Contrary to; reports; at the time 
of her death last Aug. 8, May . De 
Sou.sa, light opera star of yester- 
year, didn't die penniless. Her will 
filed here in probate court Friday 
(29) disclosed she was moderately 
well.fixed, with a bank account and 
other assets. 

Estate includes a $36,000 claim 
tor property confiscated by the 
Japanese government;: The singer 
and her husband, Dr. William 
©"Kara, lived for many years in 
Sbangbal. where she was interned 
by the Japs, following his death in 
1941. 

A sister-in-law, Mrs. Mary C. De 
Sousa of Oak Park, 111., is named 
.Inheritrix. 



Prodoetians of Pittsburgh Play- 
house will go on tour this season, 
bookings in nearby towns and !»u- 
burban centers having been set for 
every show in the series. 



Trust Fond for Idle « 
Actors Is Depleted 

St. Louis, Nov. 2. 

A $49,000 trust fund for tempor- 
arily idle actors established by a 
St. Louisan more ; than 20 years 
ago came to an end last week when 
the last sum, $51.68; ■ was loaned 
to an actor who once played with 
David Wai^eld. The fund was es- 
tablished by the late Eugene W. 
Handlan, vice, president of a large 
manufacturing company here, who 
enjoyed a wide acquaintance among 
theatrical people. 

George W. Torrey, a trust officer 
of a local band that handled the 
funds, said that no recipient of 
Handlan's largess received more 
than $99, and the average was 
around. $50. He said that none of 
the "loans" was ever returned, al- 
though h* received many letters 
and cards of thanks. 



Accounting in Coast Sqit 

Hollywood, Nov. 2. . 
Suit for $16^400 damages and an 

I accounting of funds was filed here 
;by Franklin Gilbert, principal part- 
j ner in the local "Lend ? An Ear", 
I company; Action was brought as 
i several cast toppers headed east 
jfor a Boston break-in of the inti- 
[ mate revue prior, to a Broadway 
I bow around Christmas; 
I Gilbert's complaint named Paul 
P.; Schreibman and Alvin Baranov, 
owners of Las Palmas theatre 
where show is housed; Jack Pres- 
ent and Harry Zevin, employees of 
the theatre, and PresrZev Corp. 
Plaintiff alleges that original book-' 
I ing was made on the claim that; the 
[ house had always rented for $1,600 
I plus a 40% cut of the operating 



Chicago, Nov. 2. 
Authors of "High Button Shoes" 
have been asked to accept a cut in: 
royalties on the local production,; 
currently In its 25th week at the 
Great Northern here. Understood; 
the slice has been accepted by Jule 
Styne, : composer, and Sammy 
Cahn,' lyricist, but that Stephen 
Longstreet, author of the book, has. 
not yet answered. ^ Cuts would be" 
subject to Dramatists Guild ap- 
proval, 

• According to report, Joseph Kipr 
ness, co-producer (with Monte, 
Proser) of the; musical comedy, has 
indicated in New York that he does' 
not intend asking the cast to ac- 
cept a: reduction, explaining their 
salary from this show is the only 
income the actors have.: The aur 
thors, on the other hand, are re- | 
eciving sub.stantial royalties from 
the Broadway production and; will; 
shortly begin getting a slice of the 
forthcoming London edition. 

After about four months of vir- 
tually sellout business the Chicago 
production has been slipping at the. 
boxoflice in recent weeks and fell 
to about $28,000 last week, con- 
siderably below ; operating cost. 
According to word here,; Kipness 
I hopes; to continue at' a. reduced 
I budget here through the pre- 
Christmas lull, then to tour various 
I niidwest cities and work westward 
i to the Coast. 



is now assessed at $490,000. 

Considerable efforts were made 
to keep the details of the sale to 
the Shuberts secret. Webb & 
Knapp represented the purchaser, 
with Douglas L. Elliman tt Co., 
agent on the deal. Theatre, with 
seating capacity of 1,077, was built 
in 1906 and was orif^aUjr named 
the Stiiyvesant. 

Leonard Sang, manager of the 
house for the Belasco Theatre 
Corp., Intends entering production 
ranks in association with Gould, 
his former boss. Several years ago. 
Sang represented tho Shuberts in 
Chicago. 



Littler Preps U.S.-Cast 
Musical for Vaude Void 



London, Oct. 26. 
Emile Littler is preparing a mu- 



Cochran's 'Bride' 
Dae for B'way With 
* Original Brit. Cast 

**Bless the Bride," Sir Charlea 
B. Cochran's current London hit, 
will probably be brought to Broad- 
way early next season with the- 
original cast. Present plan Js to 
close the musical comedy next 
summer, when the present Capacity 
pace will have subsided, rehearse 
it there with the veteran British 
showman again directing, and then 
give it brief tuneup engagements 
in a couple of eastern cities be- 
fore the Broadway opening: ' The 
original male lead, Georges Giie- 
tary, will be back in the show. 

Pendmg final settlement of ali 
the details and signing of contracts^ 
Cochran isn't disclosing who will 
be associated with him in the Xew 
York presentation; Likewise, he 
isn't announcing the identity of 
the singer-actor he has elected to 
be the male lead in his next Lon- ■ 
don production, an as-yet untitled 
musical comedy with book by A. P. 
Herbert and music by Vivian El- 
Ms. With the show not slated to 
open in the West End until next 
June^ no. contract with the per- 
former will be signed for tome 
months. 



CaSin6 after Christmas, :.He aiiiis 
ati fillih^' f he . theiatre's gap made by 
closing i of ;^ t Bernard ;be^^^^ 
vaudeville season, with an inter* 
profit, and that the house had, in I national show on a lavish scale pro- 
I fact, been rente<l previously for I duccd by Robert Nesbitt. ; No cast 
[ $1,000 and a percentage. Com- [ lineup is as yet available, but Nes- 
plaint also a.skcd an accounting of bitt's trip to the U. S. should bring 



Cochran, ; his Wife and Blliit sail . 
, .Saturday (6) on the Queen Eliza- 

sical show to follow the Humpty [ beth after having been in New 
Dumpty" pantomime at the London ! York several weeks. 



back some of the names. . 



[coin from ticket agencies and brok- 
s"^- \ Nesbitt, due back from New 

[ "Ear' opened at ' Las Palmas ; York this week, will begin produc- 
I June 16 and has played to capacity 1 tion conference with Littler im- 
, since that time, with weekly | mediately on his return. 

I grosses at the $7,000 mark. It's | . 

J understood that the weekly profit i / . ■i.-r ■«» • » 

' has been around $1,200 and that ; 'Marcclla NCW MuSICai 
; the production cost of $29,000 is 1 vf.. • ll„pn««i Airi»« 

, within a few thousand dollars of i BUCnOS Aires 

. complete amortization. . Buenos Aires, Oct. 26, 

1 Zevin, recently named company I playwrights Sixto Pondal Rios 
; manager for the local production, | and Carlos A, Olivari have another 
i and Present ankled Las Palmas ' hit on their hands in "El Otro Yo 



Rot>t. Merrill'* Concert 

Schenectady, Nov. 2. 

Robert Merrill and RCA's "Mu- 
sic America Loves Best" network- 
show cast will concert in Fabian's 
Plaza Nov. 11. Top will be $3. 

Huss Case's orchestra will also 
appear. 

Kay Ponlton, of the Arts Coun- 
cil of Great Britain, in the U. S. 
for a two-month speaking tour . 



I yesterday <1) to concentrate on ■ 
I their Pres-Zev corporation, which ■ 
j will function as a production con- . 
tsultant and supervisor. Another i 
; theatre employee, Robert Finkel, { 
recently sued- Gilbert, seeking an 
interest in "Ear" hi return for \ 
services. j 
William, Katzell, partnered in the i 



de Marcela ("Marcella's. ■ Other 
Self"). 

Musical; Is currently grossing 
around $8,000 (U. S.) weekly at the 
Presidente Alvear in Buenos Aires. 
Show is sold out for weeks In ad- 
vance. 

"Marcella" brings together 



COSTUME BALL WIU 
BENEFIT ACTORS FUND 

The Actors' Fund benefit, annu- : 
ally presented as an all-star show, 
will be given this year in the form ; 
of a Costume. Ball, Fashion Show, 
and Supper at the Hotel Astor,. 
N. Y., Dec. 28, with a star program 
of entertainment;. Rare: old cos-, 
tumes worn by ; great .stars .of the 
past will be on display in the Fash- 
ion Parade. The entertainment part 
of the evening will take one 
"through the years" since the turn 
of the century. 

James E. Sauter will b« the di- 
rector general, with John Golden 
as chairman, and with John Shur 
bertt Warren Munsell and Keane 
Waters on . the committee^ 



eastern: production, is not connect- 
ed with the local company. 



'sSked 

X^aguna Beach, Cal., Nov. 2. 
Four children's plays and seven 
Experimental Workshop produc- 



i strong cast of film and radio fa- , 

I vaoritss; including tango; composer } tion[S ^ili au^eht the program of 
Marianito Mores, Juan Carlos ; full-length Broadway shows on the 
! Rockefeller Foundation has ap- ' Thorry, Delia Garces and Benita ; schedule for the nine-month win- 
proved a grant of $13,500 to the i Puertolas. Emeico studios are re- , tcr season at the Playhouse here. 
[Baylor University drama depart- ' ported dickering to screen the i Jack Harris, former Pasadena 
iment, Waco, Texas. ' show in 1949, with the present cast, ) Playhouse lead, will direct. 



80 



LBGITIMATE 



WednestTajr, NoTcmlier S, 1948 



WASHINGTON 

Bellevue: Surrey Playbarn: Milo Ryan (N). 

WEST VIRGINIA 
Charleston: Summer Players; C. G. Peters (E) (B). 



99 Slrawhals Resuming m l _ 

designated (El, those with a guest-star policy (G). resident Equity com- '"^L^Ksten? Charles Mm Lawrence at Theatre Show- 

panies (R) and non-Equity ^ | case, Frank Dailey's Meadowbrook, Cedar Grove, N. J. 



CALIFORNIA 
ta Jolla: Actors Co.; Mel Ferrer <E) (G). 

I^aeuna Beach: Laguna Players: Jus Addis, Hayden Rorke (E) (G). 
San Mateo: Hillbam theatre; Robert Brauns (N). 
Santa Barbara: Lobero theatre; Rogers Brackett, Walter Rathbun 

COLORADO 

Denver: Elitch'S Gardens; Arnold Gurtler (E) (R). • 

CONNECTICUT 
Canton: Show Shop; Stanley Cobleigh (E) (Ri. 
Guilford: Chapel playhouse; Lewis Harmon (E) (G). 
Ivoryton: Playhouse; Milton Stiefel (E) (G). 
Rocky Hill: Town & Country Players; Co-op (N). 
Souhtbury: Playhouse; Jack Quinn (E) (R). 
Staml^ord: Summer theatre; Franklin Trask (E) (G). 
Vnionville: Town Hall; Group 20 Players, Inc. (N). 
Weatport: Playhouse; John C. Wilson. Lawrence Langnw (fc) IG). 

ILLINOIS 

Deerfleld: Tenthouse; H. M. Rogers (E) (R). 
Marengo: Shady Lane players: Frank Bryan (E) (R). 

INDIANA 

Michiana Shores: Barnum theatre; Norman M. Bamum (N). 

MAINE. 

Belgrade Lakes: Playhouse; James Bender (E) (R). 
Boothbay: Playhouse; Sherwood Keith (N). 
Kennebunkport; Playhouse; Robert C. Currier (E) (Ri. 
Ogunquit: Playhouse; Maude (Mrs. Walter) Hartwig (E) (G). 
Skowhegan: Lakewood theatre; Melville Burke (E) (G) 
MARYLAND 

Braddock Heights: Mountain theatre; James Decker (E) <R). 
OUiey:' Olney theatre; Richard Skinner (Ei (G). 

MASSACHUSETTS 
Bff vster: Town Hall; Lewis W. Miller (N). 

Cambridge: Brattle Hall; Albert Marre, Thayer David, Robert 
Fletcher, Jerry Kilty, Mendy Weisgal (E) (G). 
Chatham: Monomoy; Mary B. Winslow (E) (R). 
Dennis: Cape playhouse; Richard Aldrich (E) (O). 
■Duxbury: ■Playhouse; Al Morit!! ;(E) (R). 
Eairhaven: Playhouse; Anthony Farrell (E) (G). 
Fitchburg: Lake Whalom playhouse; Guy Palmerton (E) (G). 
Gloucester: Bass Rocks theatre; Franklin Trask (E) (G). 
Holyoke: Valley players. Mountain Park casino; Jean Guild (E) (R). 
Martha's Vineyard: Rice playhouse; Franklin Trask (E) (G). 
Medford: Tufts College theatre; J. R, Woodruff (N). 
Nantucket: Straight Wharf theatre; R. V. Wilson, M. G. Fawcetl (N). 
Plymouth: Priscilla Beach theatre; Franklin Trask (E) (G). 
Provincetown: Playhouse; Virginia Thorns, Catharine Huntington (N). 
Stockbridge: Berkshire playhouse: William B. Miles (E) (G). 
Wareham: Summer theatre; Franklin Trask (E) (G). 
Wellesley: Summer theatre: Eldon Winkler (E) (G). 
Worcester: Drama festival; Guy Palmerton (E) (G). 

MICHIGAN 

Cleveland Heights: Cain park; Dina Rees Evans" (N). 
Detroit: Shubert-Lafayette theatre; Robert Fryer (E) (G). 
East Jordan: High School aud; Marilyn Lief, Bernice Loren (NX 

MISSOURI 

St. Louis: Municipal Opera, Forest Park, John Kennedy -(E) (G). 

NEW HAMPSHIRE 
Swanzcy: Potash Bowl; H. J. Adams (N). 
Winham; Playhouse; A. Everett Austin (N). 

NEW JERSEY I 
Bound Brook: Foothill playhouse: Charlotte and Stanley Klein (N). 
Jutland: Hunterdon Hills playhouse, Helen Thompson (E) (G), | 
Millburn: Papermill playhouse: Frank Carrington (E) (R), 
Montclair: Montclair theatre; Albert H. Rosen (E) (G). ' 
Ocean City: Playhouse; Associated Players, Inc. (E) (G). 
Princeton: McCarter theatre; Herb. Kenwith, H. J. Kennedy (E) (G). 

NEW MEXICO 
Santa Fe: JIl Teatro de Santa Fc: Ann Lee (E) (G). 

NHW YORK 

. Annandale-on-Hudson: Bard playhouse; Lew Danis (E) :(R1. 
Batavia: Horseshoe Lake theatre (Ni. 

Heliport: Bellport Summer theatre: Lesley Savage (E) (R). 
Bridgehampton: Hampton playhouse; Gail Hillson (E) (R). 
Bridgeport: Playhouse; Cliff Self (N). 
Clinton Hollow: Reginald Goode theatre (N). 
Cragsmoor: Cragsmoor theatre; Parker Mills (El (R). 
Derby: Lake Shore playhouse; Lewis T. Fisher (N). 
East Hampton: John Drew theatre; Francis L Curtis (E) (G). 
Fishkill: Cecilwood theatre; Van Wyck Players (E) (R). 
Forestburgh: Summer theatre; Modern Play Pi'oductions, Inc.: (N). • 
Garden City: Adelphi Summer theatre; John S. Thompson (N). 
Highlandt Highland Summer theatre; James Busby (N), 
Ithaca: Finger' Lakes drama festival; Ra> Hinkley, Robert Foster 
IE) (R). 

Kiamesha Lake: Monticello playhouse; Jules Gctlin, ,Tos. Mell (E) (R). 

Mahopac: Putnam County playhouse. Jill Miller (E) ill). 

Maiden Bridge: Playhouse; Walter Wood (N"). 

Oneida Castle: Oneida Castle pla.vers: Sawyer Falk (N). 

Pawling: Starlight theatre; Isobcl, Ro.se Jones (E) (R). 

Rockaway: Summer theatre; Max Miller (E) (R). 

Skaneateles: Summer theatre: Waller and Virginia Das is (E) (R), 

Woodstock:' Maverick theatre; Tom Roddj- (N). 

NORTH CAROLINA 
Manteo: Waterside theatre; Historical Assn. (N). 
Tuxedo: Lake Summit playhouse; Robroy Farquhar (E) (R). 

OHIO 

Granville: Denison Summer theatre;. Edward .Ai Wright (N). 

PENNSYLVANIA 
Bryn MaWr: College Summer theatre; Frederick Then (N). 
Eagles Mere: Playhouse; Alvina Krause (N) 
Irwin: White Barn; Clay Flagg, Carl Low (E) (R). 
Moylan: Hedgerow theatre; Jasper Deeler (N). 
New Hope: Bucks County playiiouse; Thoron Baitiberge): (E)-(G), 
Nuangola: Grove theatre; Royal Stout (E) (R). 
Reading: Green Hills theatre; George R. SnoU (E) (G). 
State College: Town & Nine Players; Omar K. Lerman (N). 

RHODE ISLAND 
Matunuck: Theatre-by-the-Sea; Thomas B. Eldershaw (E) (R), 
Newport; Casino theatre; Sara Stamm (E) (CV. 

TEXAS 

Dallas: Starlight operettas; Charles R. Meeker (E) (G). 

UTAH 

Salt Lake City: University of Utah, Gail Pkimmer (Ni (G). 

Vr.RAtONT 

Bennington: Drama festival: Harold Sliaw (Ei (R). 
Allddlebury; Green Mountain playhouse: Raymond Hodges (N). 
Putney: Putney School theatre; Beverley While iW. 
Weston: Playhouse; Harlan Grant iN). 

VIRGINIA 

Abingdon: Barter theatre; Robert PortovRcId (Ei fR). 
Bailey's Cross Roadsi Cross Roads theatre; Irma Gordon (N). • 



Co-op group from the Dramatic Workshop, N. Y., at Deal Conserva- 
tory theatre, Deal, N. J. . „ 
Louis A. Reiser at Hi-Way theatre, Ebensburg, Pa- , . _ _ 
Edward Gould at Greenwich theatre, East Greenwich, a. I. 
Edward Gould at Odeon theatre. West Warwick, R. I. 
Norman Ford at Red House theatre. East Barnet, Vt. 



1949 Strawhat Season 



Continued from paee 48 



clair (N J) theati-e tint he has Provincetown playhouse, on Cape 
obtained a United Booking Office Cod. The Group 20 Players, non 



franchise and is now operating on 
an all-year basis. The regional 
polio epidemic crimped business 
after a great start at the Lake 



Equity 'Outfit which played a six- 
week repertory season at Town 
Hall, Uniohville, Conn., will pre- 
sent a winter season of rep in 



Summit playhouse, Tuxedo, N. C, Hartfoxd and New Britain, and re- 
so the season ended about even turn to UnionviUe In 1949. 



with 1947. The spot is Equity 
franchised, with a resident com 
pany. v 

Equity Regulations Upped Nut 



Kleins Back to Foothills 

Aria Allen, who : cancelled plans 
for a season last summer at the 
County theatre, Suffem; N. Y., Is 



Royal Stout, producer at the I uncertain about a setup for 1949, 



Grove theatre, Nuangolav. Pa., as 
sorts Equity regulations boosted 
the operating nut about 80%, but 
business was about average. Jules 
Getlin and Joseph Mell, operating 
an Equity company at the Monti- 
cello playhouse, Kiamesha: Lake, 



Charlotte and Stanley Klein will 
return to the Foothills playhouse, 
Bound;: Brook, N. J., next summer 
and continue their policy of pro- 
viding a training ground for new 
playwrights and actors. They're 
particularly interested in trying 



N. Y., may switch to a guest-star | out promising scripts. 



policy for 1949, on the basis of a 
test week last summer with "John 
Loves Mary." 

Ann Lee, in her initial season: 
with El Teatro de Santa Te.(N.M.), 
the first professional company: in 
that area, had a highly successful 
schedule with such guest-stars as 



Richard Aldrich, reporting a 
skid of about 10% In business last 
summer, attributes it to the "re- 
turn to normal after the two post- 
war boom years.'' Guy Palmerton, 
who operates the; .Lake Whalom 
playhouse, at Fitchburg, Mass., 
and the Worcester (Mass.) drama 



Jeffrey : Lynn, Anne Revere and 1 festival, believes: the "summer 
Rhys Williams. She'll . cut the! stock boat has sailed" and that 
seale from $3.65-$1.20 -to a straight | henceforth strawhats will have to 
$3-$2 next summer, with season "work harder" for profitable husi- 
tickets at $25 for the schedule of I ness. He thinks the poorly-run 
nine shows. ■ According to James I spots alienate the public and in- 
Bender,; who operated the Play- 1 jure business for the : better 
house, Belgrad Lake, Me , that stands. 

state offers a "tremendous" field Typical of some of the younger 
for strawhats because of the groups outside the regular strawhat 
number of boys? and girls'' camps j area are Marilyn Lief and Bern- 
in the vicinity. Lewis W. Miller, I ice Loren, who operated: a non- 
who operated a non-^Equity spot , Equity professional company 
at Brewster, Mass., believe there's | called Center Stage '48 last sUm- 
great opportunity for such outfits i mer at East Jordan,, in the resort 

in almost any community, provid- r area of Michigan. They figure on i the managing directorship of New 
ed the shows are entertaining and , returning next summer with Con- 1 Stages, ot which he is a charter 
local public relations are good. I ter Stage '49. Having survived a I member. : . - . ^ 

Albert Marrc, Thayer David, | public controversy with the local — 

Robert Fletcher, Jerry Kilty and I banker, who wanted to censor 'fSip- TiOllffhail' Skcd 
Mendy Weisgal were successful ] "The Voice of the Turtle" because | * ^ r't 

with a schedule of classic revivals the play is "immoral," they plan ! • r 01* JVatlSBS Ldty . 

for the summer season at Brattle ' to expand their operation from Kansas City, Nov. 2. 

Philharmonic Orch and other; 



'Proslie'Mgr.Pay 
Goes in Escrow; 
O'Keefe Succeeds 

With the appointment of Win- 
ston O'Keefe as new managing di- 
rector. New Stages' Is proceeding 
this week with the reorganization 
of its administrative setup and 
production plans for the season. At 
the same time, attempts are con- 
tinuing to settle affairs with Nor- 
man Rose and David Heilwell, 
former co-managing directors and 
respective president and: executive 
vice-president. . 

Exact status of Rose and Heil- 
well is still undetermined. Pair 
issued a statement Monday (1)^ 
denying that their resignation! 
were related to financial matters, 
but resulted purely from differ- 
ences over executive authority. 
That was promptly contradicted by 
several New Stages board mem« 
bers, who cited various instances 
of alleged mismanagement by ' Ros* '. 
and Heilwell as among the speciflo 
causes of dissatisfaction on the 
part of the membershipi 

Money to cover Rose and Heil- 
weil's pay as managers of "The 
Respectful ' Pro.stitute"-"Hope Is 
the Thing" production, at the Cort, 
N. Y., is being deposited in escrow, 
while the validity of their con- 
tracts with the show is determined. 
Meanwhile, agreement Is being 
sought on terms for their resigna- 
tion from the boards of both New 
Stages and of the "Respectful" 
production, and of- their option to 
buy a substantial block of New 
Stages stock. 

New Stages board appointed 
committees Hhis week to ' handle 
play reading (with Florida Friebus 
chairman and Lilly Turner deputy; 
chairman) and finances (Barrio 
Stavis, chairman). It was empha- 
sized that actual management of 
New Stages would be delegated • 
wholly to O'Keefe, with the board 
merely "determining matters of or- 
ganizational policy. ^O'Keefe re- 
signed as director of the profes- - 
sional training .program of tho , 
American Theatre Wing to take 



Hall, Cambridge, Mass., and Bev- 1 four to six performances a week, 
erley White clicked with a sim- ' Also, if they can break even fi- 
ilar policy at the Putney (VI.) , nancially during 1949 (they lost 
School theatre. Virginia Tlionis ' .$600 last summer) they hope to 
also did satisfactory business with ] keep the troupe Intact and tour 
a season of serious dramas at the during the Winter of 1949-50, 



Legit Bits 



Leslie Litomy, in "Joy to the 
World" last season, added to cast 
of "Studio One" on CBS television 
Sunday (7) ... George Ross to 
handle p.a. chores on "Kiss' Me 



La.\vton Campbell's "The Bachelor 
Queen'' the week of Feb. 18 at the 
Artillery Lane playhouse, Si. Au- 
gustine. She'll also play the title 
part in an Equity Library Theatre 
production of "Tlie Second Mrs 



Kate." . .Rita Hassan, who owns j Tanqueray," Dec. 17-19 . . . Marga- 
the production and costumes of I ret i^ullavan, now living perma- 
the recent ' Alice in Wonderland"'! nently in Connecticut, is looking 
presentation, still plans to tour it for a Broadway play . \ . Ted 
some time. , | Nathan's "A Bed Called Murphy," 

Garson Kanin in Detroit this , which has been under "option sev- 
week to offer suggestions, on re- 1 eral times for Broadway produc- 
writes and direction of "Goodbye; ' tion, will be tested Nov. 11-13 by 



IMy Fancy," by his sister-in-law. 
Fay Kanin . . ,' Robert Calley upped 
from assistant to stage manager of 
"Love Life," at the 46th Street, 
N. Y., succeeding Ward Bishop, 
who quit to become production 
stage manager of "Kiss Me, Kale. 



the Dramateurs, at Atlantic City. 
. . . Margaret (Mrs. Brock) Pember- 
ton ill with a cold, with a nurse in 
attendance . . . James Thurber, who 
collaborated with Elliott Nugent on 
"The Male Animal," is making slow 
progress on "T h e Chadwick 



James Wicker is the new assistant ' Profile," said to deal with the New 
for "Love Life" . . . Gant Gaither, i Yorker mag . . . The Interplayers, 
who revived "On Approval" last ' who operated last season at the 



season on a $10,000 budget, is 
again defying the upward produc* 
tion-eost spiral by budgeting his 
forthcoming presentation of "The 
Shop at Sly Corner" for only $35,- 
000. The show win star Boris 
Karloff and be staged by Margaret 
Pemberton. ' 

Arthur Lewis, director-actor of 
the Yellow Spring (O.i Area Tliea 



Provincetown playhouse, N.Y., have 
acquired their own theatre in East 
15th street, N.Y. . . . Glenn Dale, 
of the east of "Love Life," at the 
46th street, N.Y., will henceforth 
be billed as Lenn Dale, as there's 
already another Glenn Dale in 
Actors Equity. 

National Theatre Conference will 
hold its annual meeting Nov. 25-28 



highbrow concert series fiet late 
starts here , but season prom- 
ises to be an Intensive one with at 
least four concert series operating 
during the winter. Earliest con- 
cert date is.the Ruth Seufert se- 
ries, which kicked off Oct. 15 with 
Robert Shaw chorale. Others In the 
series of seven include Lauriti - 
Melchior, Ginette Neveu, Vladi- ; 
mir Horowitz, Claudio Arrau, Bel 
Canto Trio, and San Carlo Opera 
Co. 

Philharmonic Orch premieres 
this week on a series of 10 formal 
concerts, plus "Pop" concerts and 
possibly others. Hans Schwieger ; 
replaces Et'rem Kurtz as conductor, 
coming in recently from Fort 
Wayne, Ind., : his former stationi 
Walter Frilschy, • dean of K.C. 
impresarios, begins - his six-event \ 
series this week with Leonard War- , 
ren. His list includes Albert -Spald- , 
ing, "Romeo and Juliet" opera* 
Luboshutz and Nemenoff, William 
Primrose and Dorothy Kirsten and 
Dame Myra Hess. Town Hall offers 
series of 'five musical plus five 
lecture events, and a series of 10 .' 
travelogs. Conservatory of Music; 
also offers an artist series, and- 
University of Kansas City stages 
both musical and stage evepts 
through season. 



tre, is taking a sabbatical this i in New York . . . Theatre Guild 



season to get business management 
experience with a New York pro- 
duction office and possibly appear 



heaving a cocktail party Tuesday 
(9 1 for Isabel Jeans, Cyril Ritchard, 
Catherine Willard and/ author John 



on the Broadway stage . . . Donald > Van Druten of the "Make Way for 
Buka is being sought, as .star of | Lucia" company .,. James .Gleason 
"The Hasty Heart," to be done bv may stage a revival of his old hit 
the Resident Theatre, Kansas Citv. , play, "Is Zat So?" in association 
next Februarj' . . . The Oakland ] with James Taber . . . Neil Fltz- 
(Cal.i Comm.unlty Theatre is tr> ing gerald has succeeded Francis 
to persuade the municipal authori- Conipton as the buller, Dwornits- 
ties to establish a public tlieatre chek, in "The Play's the Thing,' 



Longhair Shorts 



Lawrence Tibbett,. Jr., finishing 
his role in Par's "El Paso" film, to 
give his first song recital, on the 
Coast. . i .Polyna Stoska, Met so- 
prano, who had lead in "Street 
Scene." to be guest soloist on the 
Telephone Hour Monday (8). 
Dorothea Mauski, onetime Met> con- 
tralto, on sabbatical leave from 
Univ. of Indiana, where she's teach- 
ing, and writing her biog in N.Y. 



in the city park . . . Walter Abel 

guest-lectured Saturday at Union 
College, Schenectady, N.Y. 



at the Booth, N.Y Louise (Mrs. 

Watson) Barratt, wife of the scenic 
designer, improving after recent 



Edith Atwater will star in C. major operation . . . Mary AnidMir- 



son will play a lead in " Jenny 
Kissed IMe" . . . Sam Friedman and 
an undisclosed associate will pro- 
duce Arnold Manoff's "All You 
Need Is One Good Break," tried 
out last summer on the Coast. 



VcJ ncadayT Wovembcr S, 1948 ' 

Total Broadway Grosses 

The following are the comparative figures based on Vahiety'* 
boxoffice estimates^ for last week and the eorresponding week of 
last season: 

This Last 

■ ^ Season Season 

Number of shows current , 21 28 

Total weeks played so far by all shows 413 456 

Total gross for all current shows last week . . . $581 ,600 $628,500 
ToUl season's gross so far for all shows. . . $9,746,000 $9,572,800 
Number of new productions so far 20 20 



LEGITIMATB 



On Stoniy; Ballet Russe $73,000, 
Heiress' $11,800, mde' $14,000 



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Chicago, Nov, 2. 4 

Legit b.o. remains bright here. 
3aUet Busse de Monte Carlo is 
6R0 in its second week at the 
Opera House, whll« "Mr. Roberts" 
and ' ''Streetcar Named Desire " conv 
tiiiue as sellout. "Brigadoon" is 
also reaping the fall harvest. 

^'Silver Whistle," which opened 
at the Blackstone Mon. (25h was 
apanked by the erix, but "Heiress,^' 
bowing the same night, received 
accolades all . around. Healthy ad- 
vance is building for "Command 
Decision," which comes into the 
Studebaker Nov. 8: "Medea," set 
for the Blackstone NoV; 22, already 
has heavy mail orders. 

Estimates for Last Week 

Ballet Russe .de Monte Carlo, 
Civic Opera House (3,593; $3.71). 
Gigantic reception with $73,000. 

"Brigadoon." Shubert (4th week) 
(2,100; $4.94). Heavy conventioneer 
trade with huski^ $42,000. 

"Hitrh Button Shoes." Great 
Northern (24th week) (1.500; $6.18). 
Dipped last week to $28,000. 

"Heiress,'' Selwyndst week) 
1,000; $3:71). Rave notices helped 
after bad start; $11,800. 

"Mister Roberts" (8th week) (1,- 
134; $4.33). Capacity $28,700. 

"Streetcar Named Dedre." Har- 
ris (6th week) (1,000; $4.33). Plays 
to ' full houses continuously with 
lock $24,800. 

"SUver Whistte," Blackstone (1st 
week) (1.358; $3.80). First of Guild 
: subscription weeks ^ with : nice 
$14,000. 



TOR LOVr POOR 9G, 
WINDING UP IN Pin 

Pittsburgh, Nov. 2. 
Film names of Janet Blair and 
Francis Lederer couldn't overcome 
poor notices for "For Love or 
Money" last week , at Nixon and 
comedy wound up : with poorest 

fross of the season so far, around 
9,000. May have :l>een hurt, too, 
somewhat, by fact that show had 
been already seen here in a ^straw- 
hat version this summer at White 
Barn theatre. 

Playing at moderate prices, $2.50 
at nights and $2 for both mats, 
For Love or Money" never got 
started and limped all the way 
down the stretch. It was the wind^ 
up for the tour.; attraction which 
began as a subway circuit offering 
calling it a season here Saturday 
night (30). Nixon currently has 
"Born Yesterday" and then gets 
Maurice Evans in "Man and Super- 
roan." 



Webster-Bard Troupe 

Sad 3G in Montreal 

Montreal. Nov. 2. 
The attempt by Margaret Web- 
ster to bring a portable type of 
Shakespeare within the reach of 
the average theatregoer met with 
disaster at His Majesty's last week. 
With prices scaled from 85c to 
$2.80 top, this 1,507-seat house 
gave up about $3,000 for eight per- 
formances, 

Unfavorable reviews and too 
much ' Shakespeare in v recent 
months (Redgrave, Wolfit and 
Olivier) accounted for poor attend- 
ance which reached a new low 
when company played to no more 
than 50 payees at one matinee, 125 
to see an evening of "Hamlet." 

Blackstone 9iG, SL L 

St. Louis, Nov. 2. 
Blackstone and his magic, back 
after an absence of two years, 
hung up fair b.o. during the first 
of a two-week stand at the Ameri- 
can theatre. ■ 

With the house scaled to $2.54, 
10 performances during the first 
session ending Saturday (30) 
grossed an estimated $9,900.; 



'Borlesque' Folds^ Corio 
. Ups 'Rooms' in LA 

-Los Angeles, Nov. 2. 
, Jean Dalrymple's production ot 
"Burlesque" came to the end of the 
road here Saturday (30) after two 
. unprofitable . weeks at the Biltmore. ; 
Revival; starring Bert Lalu-,, was 
hitting the red too heavily and the 
tour was cancelled. Two-week take 
locally was a bad $25,000, some- 
where .iroimd 40% capacity. House 
rekindled last night (1) with the 
road company of "Happy Birth- 
day," starring Miriam Hopkins. 
Estimates for Last Week 

"Blackouts of 1948," El Capitan 
(832d wk) (1,142; $2.40). Back in 
the capacity $17,000 groove. 
, "Buriesane," Biltmore (2d wk) 
(1,636; $3.60) Up $1,000 but 
frame's $13,000 still below operat- 
ing costs. Folded. 

"Lend an Ear," Las Palmas (20th 
wk) (388; $3). Replacement cast 
hasn't hurt. Still capacity $7,000. 

"Separate Rooms," New Beaux 
Arts (24th wk) (560; $3) Ann 
Gorio's .takeover of lead helped 
and advance list lengthened. Her 
first week showed $2,500, an in- 
crease of some $500, but show 
closed in the red Sunday night 
after a run of nearly six 
Bftonths. 



Current Road Shows 

(Nov. 1-lS) 
"Allegro" — Shubert, PhlUy 
(8-13). 

"Annie Get Your Gun" — Cincy 
(1-4); Colonial, Akron (9-6); Pal- 
ace, Youngstown (8-10); Aud., 
Boch. (11-13). 

"Anne of the Thousand Days" — 
Forrest, Philly (1-13). 

"As the Girls Go"— Shubert, N. 
Haven (1-6). 

"BlaekouU ot 1948''— El Capitan, 
L. A. (1-13). 

"Born Yesterday" — Nixon, Pitt. 
(1-6); Hanna, Cleve. (8-13). 

"Bravo" — Wilbur, Bost.. (1-6). 
"Brigadoon" — Shubert, Chi, 
(1-13). 

1 "Carousel" — Cass, Det, (1-6); 
;Hartman, Col. (8-l5). 

"Command DeeisiOn^' — Empire, 
[Syracuse (1-2); /Erlanger; Buff. 
1(3-6); Studebaker, /Chl. (8-13). 
I "Desert Song" W Capitol, Ya- 
|kima d); Fox, Spokane (2-3); Wil- 
ima. Missoula (4); Marlowe, 
I Helena (5); Fox, Butte (6); Play- 
Ihse , Winnipeg (8-13). 
I "Escape Me Never^'— Playhse., 
Wil. (8-13>. 

"Finian's Rainbow"— ^ Shubert, 
Bost. (1-13). 

"For Heaven's Sake MotherV-rr 
Walnut, Philly (1-13). 

"Goodbye My Fancy" — Shubert- 
Lafayette, Det. (1-6); Town Hall, 
I Toledo (8-10); Erlanger, Buff. 
(11-13). 

"Happy Birthday" — Biltmore, 
L. A. (1-13). 

"Harvey"— Colonial, Bost. (1-13). 
"High Button Shoes"— Gt. North- 
ern. Chi. (1-13). 

"Japhet"— McQarter, Princeton 
(6); jRoyal Alex., Toronto (8-13). 

"Light Up the Sky" — Locu.st, 
Philly (1-13). 

"Man and Superman" — Ford's, 
Balto 11-6); Nixon, Pitt. (8-13). 

"Medea" — Met, Seattle a-6); 
Capital, Salt Lake (9); KRNT, Des 
Homes (11); Univ., Columbia (13). 

"Mr. Roberts" — Erlanger, ChJ. 
(1-13). 

"Oklahoma!" — Aud., Worcester 
(1-6); Majesty's, Montreal (8-13). 
I "Oklahoma!" — Tower, Atlanta 
1(1-6); Aud, Nashville (8-10); Aud., 
'Memphis (11-13). 

! "One Fine Day" — Geary, Frisco 

1(8-13). 

"Red Gloves" — Shubert, N, 
Haven (10-13). 

''Show Boat" Temple, Tacoma 
(3); Strand, Vancouver (4-6); Royal, 
Victoria (8-9); Met, Seattle (11-13). 
i "Silver Whistle'* — Blackstone, 
iChi. (1-13). . „ 

I "Streetcar Named Desire"— Har- 
! ris, Chi, (1-13). 

I "The Heiress" — Selwyn, Chi. 

(1-6). '^-V /'.V^V/ ^■■•■■.-^ '' 

"Winslow Boy" — Plymouth, 

'Bost. (1-6), , , . . , 



'Show Boat' Sock 46G 
In IHpls. and St. Paul 

Minneapolis, Nov, 2, 
Acclaimed by critics and custom- 
ers, 'Show Boat" did socko $40,000 
for SIX nights and two matinees at 
$4.20 top at the 1.859-seat Lyceum. 
It was one of the biggest takes ever 
chalked up by any attraction at 
this theatre, having been exceeded 
only by "Oklahoma!" on latter's 
first two visits. 

On a one-nighter at the same 
scale in the 2,200-seat St. Paul 
Auditorium attraction played to 
virtually full house, grossing sen- 
sational $6,000. There also was 
practically capacity at every per- 
formance here. Next offering will 
1 be "Desert Song" for five nights 
and two matinees starting Nov. 16, 

Paying first visit here in years. 
Nelson Eddy sang to 3,500 custom- 
ers at $3.60 top in the 4,500-seat 
Auditorium concert bowl. 

It was one of Al Sheehan's sea- 
sonal . offerings, and with takings 
adjusted to allow, for- season tick-r 
ets, gross figured around big $7,000. 

'Fmian' $3i000 
» $7i00, 
W 13G, Hob 

Boston, Nov. 2. 

"Bravo!", looked forward to here 
in the Hub, failed to live up to ex- 
pectations with all Hub crix but 
one being lukewarm to cold. Other 
houses, meanwhile, did fairly well 
considering; pre-election goings-on. 
with "Light Up the Sky" gathering 
momentum (in addition to a couple 
of new acts) and shaping up as a 
strong contender. 

Openers this week are "The 
Winslow Boy," in for two weeks 
at the Plymouth and "Road to 
Rome," debut of the Boston Reper- 
tory Assn. at the Copley theatre 
Friday (5). 

Estimates for Last Week 

"As the Giris Go," Opera House 
(3d wk) (3,000; $4.80). Got an es- 
timated $30,000 on final week and 
moved out Saturady (30), for New, 
Haven where new material will foe, 
added, mostly comedy routines. 

"Bravo!", Wilbur (1st wk) (1,200; 
$3.60). This one wasn't too well 
liked and is depending mostly on 
marquee and word of mouth for 
biz, which wasn't so hot at an es- 
timated $7,500. 

"Finian's Rainbow," Shubert (2d 
wk) (1,750; $4 80). Second week 
I was a near sell-out all perform- 
lances and resulting estimated $34,- 
I 000 is. profitable, Can hold on un- 
til it drops to about $27,000, and 
should be here through December, 

"Harvey," Colonial (6th wk) (1,- 
500; $3.60). Remained at the es- 
timated $18,000 level, which is 
okay considering . election, other 
attractionsi etc. 

"Light Up the Sky," Plymouth | 
(3d wk) (1,2()0- $3.60). Jumped to j 
an estimatt^d .S13,000 on final week, 
which is plenty encouraging. .■; 

'DANUBE' FLOWS OUT TO 
NG $16,000 IN FRISCO 

San Francisco, Nov. 2. 
"The Blue Danube," which 
opened at the Curran (18) (1,886; 
$3,60) and grossed only a fair $16,-! 
000 for Us first week, shuttered 
Saturday (23) although it was 
scheduled for three stanzas at that 
.house., ■■, 

The sole legit in town, "Raze the 
Roof," with Jerry Lester, at the, 
Tivoli (1,400; $2.88), picked up to 
a nice $15,000 for its sixth wfeek. 
' The Curran will remain dark 
until Nov. 7, when Paul Small 
brings Ed Wynn's "Laugh Carni- 
val" to town, with Phil Baker and 
I Allan Jones also headlined. 

The Geary, also dark, will open 
Nov, 8, when Charles Ruggles and 
Mary Boland preem "One Fine 
Day;" new comedy by Hugh White, 
produced by Gail Gifford and Nat 
Perrin. 



'Medea' .$12,600 in 4 

Shows at Port., Ore. 

Portland, Ore., Nov. 2. 

Judith Anderson in "Medea" 
drew a torrid $12,600 gross in three 
night and one matinee perform- 
ances. The 1,500-seat Mayfair was 
.scaled at $3.60. Play had biggest 
seat .sale this season. 

Opening night was delayed a 
half-hour as cast wa.s brought to 
the theatre by buses due to a train 
derailment. 



B'way Hit by Qection; mother' 
SRO $24,300 in First FuD Week, 
'Sbes' Top at $48,600, IHiniiie' Out 



The seasonal boxoffice climb 
was interrupted last week on 
Broadway, with most shows falling 
off from the previous week's peak. 
Week started well but began sag- 
ging with the midweek matinees 
and failed to recover even on the 
weekend. 

This week's attendance is being 
hit somewhat by the election but 
conditions are expected to improve' 
steadily until about Dec. 1, when 
the pre-Christmas slump will prob- 
ably begin to be felt. 

The only opening last week, 
"Minnie, and iMr: Williams," was 
panned and withdrawn Saturday 
(30) after five performances at the 
Morosco. This week's only open- 
ing is "Set My People Free," ar- 
riving tonight (Wed.) at the Hud- 
son. So far; there are seven other 
premieres listed for November.. 
.Estimates for Last Week 

Keys: C (Comedy), D (Drama), 
CD (.Comedy-Drama), R (Revue), 
M (Musical). O (Operetta). 

"Annie Get Your Gun," Imperial 
(129th wk) (M-1,472; $6.60), 
Dropped a bit to $39,700. 

"Born Yesterday," Lyceum (143d 
wk) (C-993; $4.80). Comedy smash, 
approaching the three-year mark, 
still pulling; topped $14,500; moves 
Sunday (7 ) to the ; Henry Miller to 
make room for the ■■■ incoming 
"Bravo." 

"Edward, My Son," Beck (5th 
wk) (D-1,214; $4.80), Another SRO 
week at $28,500; Meg Mundy goes 
In as co-star in two more weeks, 
succeeding Peggy Ashcrofty who 
returns to England. 

"Harvey." 48th St. (210th wk) 
(C-921; $4.20). Five-year-old show 
stiU getting laffs, currently with- 
Joe- E. Brown as the draw; off to 
$12,500 last week; producer Brock 
Pemberton sails Saturday (6) to sit 
in on preparations for the London 
production. 

"High Button Shoes." Broadway 
(5eth wk) (M-1,900; $6). Holdover 
musical comedy doing great busi- 
ness at the new location; topped 
$48,600, 

"Howdy, Mr. Ice," Center (19th 
wk) (R-2,964; $2.88). Skating spec- 
tacle habitually reverses the gen- 
eral trend and is now due to ease 
off steadily until the closing next 
spring; dipped to $42,000 last 
week. 

"Inside U.S.A.," Majestic (27th 
wk) '(R-1.659; $6). Another great 
week for this Arthur Schwartz re- 
vue; almost $48,000. 

"Life With Mother." Empire (2d 
wk) (CD-1,082; $4.80). There go 
Howard Lindsay-Russel Crouse 
again for a great run; all the house 
will hold for the first full week; 
$24,300. 

"Love Life," 46th St. (4th wk) 
(M-1,319; $6). Divided press ap- 
parently isn't hurting, and word- 
of-mouth Is excellent; virtual ca- 
pacity again; $40,000. 

"Magdalena." Ziegfeld (6th wk) 
(0-l,628; ,$6.60). Hovering just 
above operating levels but the 
management is talking about con- 
tinuing indefinitely; $34,000 last 
.week.',' '■','■ 

"Make Mine Manhattan,'^ Broad- 
hurst (42d wk) (R-1,160; $6). In- 
timate revue is again getting good 
business and is set to stay here as 
long as possible; $26,000. 

"Minnie and Mr. William.s." 
Moro.sco (1st wk) (D-931, $4.80). 
Josephine Hull's first starring per- 
formance couldn't save this one; 
panned and withdrawn Saturday 
night (30) after -five performances; 
brutal ,$4,000; house gets "Good- 
bye, My Fancy" next, 

"Mister Roberts," Alvin (37th 
wk) (CD-1,357; $4.80), Not a sign 
of any letup in this invariable sell- 
out; $35,000 again. 

"My Romance," Shubert (2d wki 
fO-1,387; $6). With practically no 
window sale or agency call, this 
Shubert operetta gets little beyond 
Theatre Guild : subscribers! limp 
$19,000. 

"Private Lives," Plymouth (4th 
wk) (C-1,062; $4.80'. Tallulah 
Bankhead drawing sellout bu.si- 
ness; $27,500. 

"Respectful Prostitute" and 
"Hope Is the Thing." Cort (38th 
wk) (D-1,064; $4.20) New Stages 
double-bill eased off "a trifle to 
$12,600, StiU okay. 

"Set My People Free," Hudson 
(D*l,057; $4.80). Play by Dorothy 
Heyward, presented by the Thea- 
tre Guild, opens tonight (Wed.). 

"Small Wonder," Coronet (7th 
wk) (R-998; $6). New rcvuc 
earning steady operating profit; 
around $25,500. 

"Streetcar Named Desire," Bar- 
rj'more (48th wk) (D-1,064; $4.80). 
Tennessee Williams prize-winner 
continues at standee pace; $27,500. 

"Sanuner an^i .Sitaoke," Music 



Box (4th wk) (D-1,012; $4.80). An- 
other sellout for the same author; 
midweek matinees have been a 
trifle off; $22,300 last week. 

"The Play's the Thing," Booth 
(24th wk) (CD-712; $4.80). SUU 
getting profitable biz; about $13.- 
500. , 

"Where's Charley?" St. James 
(3d wk) (M-1-,509; $6). Another of 
the new musicals that have ap- 
parently caught on despite divided 
reviews; approximately capacity at" 
$36,600. 

Teopk' $15 JO, 

'CoDmiand'14i/2G, 
lao'lOCPhiDy 

. Philadelphia, Nov. 2. 

PhUly draws an entirely new the- 
atrical deck this week, witta all 
four regular legit houses offering 
new shows, sjpread out over four 
different evenings. 

Locust has "Light Up the Sky," 
Walnut offers "For Heaven's Sake. 
Mother." Shubert gets "Allegro,'* 
and Forrest presents "Anne of the 
1000- Days." 

Ei^Umatei for Last Week 

"Set My People Free." Forrest 
(2d wk) (1,766; $3.90). Guild pro- 
duction didn't gain an inch in its 
second and final week; $15,300 re- 
ported. "Anne of the 1000 Days" 
preems Friday (5). 

"Man and Snperman," Walnut (2d 
wk) (1,340; $3.90). Led the town 
again in its second and final week 
but didn't gahi as much as expect- 
ed. Shaw revival got almost S19.- 
000. "For Heaven's Sake, Mother," 
comedy, preems tonight (2). 

"Born Yesterday,'* Locust (4th 
wk) (1.580; $3.90). Upped just a 
trifle in fourth and final session 
with $12,500 taken in. "Ugfat Up 
the Sky" openeC last night for two 
weeks' stay, then "Escape Me' 
Never" (15). 

"Command Dec.'.sion," Shubert 
(2d wk) (1,877; $3.25). War drama 
again - used reduced price idea - in 
connection with local First Night 
Club which undoubtedly helped, 
but even with that second week's 
gross dropped to $14,500. "Allegro" 
opens three and a half weeks' stay 
on Thursday (4). 

'OKLA.!' IN ADVANCE 
ATLANTA SRO, 45G 

Atlanta. Nov. 2. 

No. 1 road company of "Okla- 
homa!" opened SRO 'Monday (1) 
at Tower theatre. Every available 
seat for eight scheduled perform- 
ances at $4.20 top nights. $3.60 
matinees, were sold two weeks be- 
fore run started. Last week Man- 
ager Harvey Smith received green 
light to his request for Special 
matinee Friday (5). 

Thus, $45,000 gross was in 
Tower's till before a single foot- 
light beamed on "Oklahoma!" cast 
at curtain time. 

Smith recently completed ar- 
rangements with the Theatre 
Guild, to bring five more Guild 
shows to Tower this season in a 
subscription-series package deal. 
Each show: has been booked for a 
six-day, eight performance run. 
First to follow "Oklahoma!" will 
be "Carousel," starting Jan. 10, 
Others will be "Happy Birthday," 
starring Miriam Hopkins; "The 
Play's the Thing," with Louis Cal- 
hern; "Command Decision." star- 
ring Paul Kelly; and "Allegro." 

Also booked tentatively, depend- 
ing on routings and dates are 
"Annie Get Your Gun." "High 
Button Shoes," and "Desert Song." 
The latter is a Wt Coast Produc- 
tion. ' , 



CarroU-Tancy' Good 
f 16,600 m Toronto 

Toronto. Nov. 2. 

Consistently picking up all week, 
"Goodbye, My Fancy" did a good 
$16,600 at the Royal Alexandra 
here^ with 1,525-seater scaled at 
$3.60 top. 

With Madeleine Carroll, Conrad : 
Nagel and Sam Wanamaker, piece 
goes into Detroit, ^^t^ben New Yo^H,. 



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LKCIITII^fATE 



Wetlnes«lay, Noyrmber S, 1^148 



Legit Leaders Meeting in N. Y. 

To Discuss Aids for the Theatre 



Play on Broadway 



Equity's move in calling a mcot-+ 
ing of execs of whtons and guilds, I 
and oUier leadelS pvominenl in' 
the tlieati'e, to di'jcuss improve- 
mtnts in llie legit setup, lias met 
witli general indusu'y approval. 
Meeting, called b> Equity proz 
Clarence Derwent, is set for the 
Hotel Aslor. N. Y . ne\t Thursday 
afternoon (n> Idea is to discuss 
various separate plans tor aiding' 
the theatres, and possibly correlat- 
Insj thorn; form a perm<ment com- 
niitee to push a genei-al improve- 
ment plfm, «nd set up a theatre- 
wide conference to acquaint tlie 
general public with the theatre's 
pli'-'ht. 

Meeting is considered timely 
and important because, first, the 
Industry seems to be vorlting at 
cross-purposes with several plans 
now afoot to aid legit, and second, 

..because certain inteivindustry ac» 
tivity seems to be hurting the thea- 
tre as a whole. ^Equity has a plan 

. for< improvement in the theatre 
via its recent Nathan report. The 
League of N. Y. Theatres lias an- 
other plan for promotmg legit, via 
a nation-wide publicity campaign 
headed by a public relations outfit. 
And the American National Theaf 

■ tre & Academy has been pushing 
legit ; improvement via its own na- 
tional setup. Joint effort l>y the 
Industry, combining these various 
endeavors and any others, seems 
a logical move to otfset duplicating 
activities 

But whal strikes observers as 
more important is the need of a 
central, overall governing- body or 
committee to prevent one segment 
in the theatre from; injuring the 

. Industry as a whole through over- 
diligent attempt to protect its own 
members', prerogatives; Certain 
recent events are cited to indicate 
the need of a central authority. 

The League of N. Y. Theatres 
vants to hire a public relations 
outfit outside the industry to pro- 
mote its legit publicity plan, while 
the Assn. oi Tiieatrical Pi ess 
Agents & Managers is lighting tins 
idea because it feels a legit p a. is 
the best man for such a lob. Cer- 
tain actors and authors looked on 
the Experimental Theatre as an 
added opportunity to show their 

. wares, while on the other hand 
several unions thumbed it down 
for furnishing, uneconomic compe- 
tition. And only last week, an 
apparent excellent opportunity to 
promote legit generally via a 
March of Time short was niJced 
by Equity, on the grounds that 
union regulations couldn't' be 
waived for certain wage conces- 
sions. 

Trade feeling is that the overall 
• idea of hypoing legit is : being lost 
In petty squabbles over rules, pio- 
cedurcs and jurisdictional jeal- 
ousies, and that a central authority 
might resolve these disputes. 



Rebel Faction 

; Continued from page 43 



Shows in Rehearsal 

"Along fifth Avenue"— AiUiiir 
Lesser. 

"For Heaven's Sake, IVIother!"— ^ 
David Ka,\e. 

"Japhoi"— John Yoike 

"Kiss Me, Kate"— Arnold Saint- 
Subher & . Lemuel Ayers. 

"Make Way for Lucia"— Theatre 
Guild. 

"Red Gloves"r-r,Iean DalrympJe 
and Gabriel Pascal. 

"The Young and Fah"— Vinton 
Freedley. 



no avail. A hearing will be held 
this morning (Wed.) in the N. Y. 
supreme court. . ■ « . 

The dissident faction is continu- 
ing the action instituted by Shel- 
vey who bowed out of the suit last 
spring because of an attoitjey mix- 
up. Original petitions for, Slielvey's 
action contained 2,000 signatures, 
and continuation has been insti- 
tutedm their name. Group claims 
that ' the Associated Actors and 
Artistes of America had no riglit 
to conduct AGVA affairs and is 
seeking to invalidate any actions 
taken during ils:regimc. If suit is 
successfulv new elections will hjive 
to be held. 

Meanwhile, the national board is 
ihecting at the park Central hotel 
as a discussion group. Any motions 
and resolutions passed will be con- 
strued as a recommendation to the 
incoming board. First day's palaver 
Avith comedian Myron Cohen 
named chairman of the •meet, . disi- 
cussed the television jurisdiction, 
settlement of various problems in- 
cluding scales for the club dale 
field, improvement of .working con* 
ditions, and opening of new. ave-, 
nues of employment. 
Officers couldn't be installed bcT 
cause terms of the injunction for- 
bid the new execs from taking 
o\er. 

National board during its dis- 
cussions voted to exclude all paid 
unionworkers and members of the 
4A board. This was done because 
board felt that anything coming 
out of the meet 'Should come from 
performers alone. AG VA. counsel, 
however, were permitted in the 
deliberations in an advisory capac- 
ity. 

Meanwhile jockeying for the 
post of executive secretary is, cone 
tinuing. Main candidates, seem to 
be Bill Feinberg, former Local 802 
of tiie American Federation ot 
Musicians sccrelarj who is now a 
labor relations counsellor; Dewey 
Barto who has been working at 
the AGVA office on -a volunteer 
basis; Dave Fox, N. Y; branch ex^ 
ecutive secretary, and Jimmy 
L\Ons, elected as a board member 
who appears to be" the strongest 
candidate il delegates are ; dead- 
looked on the choice. 

There was one report around 
that Barto and Fox had come to a 
deal in which Barto, if elected 
would serve only one year, after 
which he would relinquish tlie 
post to Fox Barto roundly denied 
any such deal claiming that he 
couldn't consciouslv go into a deal 
ol this t.vpc lie claims that it is 
impossible to make any type of 
[deal inasmuch as the delegates 
; themselves are not set on a choice. 
' New Ydrk attorneys in the in- 
j iunction action are Halpern, Na- 
thanson and Scholer, who together 
' w ith attorney Morris L Ernst rep- 
resented Shelvey during the previa 
I ous action this year. They have 
1 filed the suit m the name of Fred- 
! die Dale, dismissed AGVA head in 
' Boston; Lou Morgan, William 
Cronin, QucCnie Dunedin, Lee 
Ryan, Russell Clark, Charles Golt- 
, 7,er, Bob Clark, Happy Mars, 
iFrankie Richardson and Joseph 
i Hough, •, ■ 



]»linnie an«l Mr. WilliauijS 

Joh:\ Uassner & David Diet? pioauutlon 
of comedv-draniH m three acts 
scenc>,> and prolog, bv Ridiard Hiitflics. 
Stjis .lo.sepllili<- Hull. Edcllc Dowling. fea- 
Uiies Eli7,iboth Ilos'., C'l.iicn'.e Derwcni. 
Stajjlscl bv Dowliii?; utaiiliK.; costttmcst, 
.Moiih G.is.,i)ei. At Moiosio, N, Y,, Ort. 
•XI, '48; $4 HO top (SB openins) 
llcv John William-i Eddie Dowlintf 

;Mhinie . - ; ; ^ , , Josephine . ■lIiiU 

Timotiiy y sgalrnolwen , ; , , Paul .Anderson 
Man .lones , I'Ce Wiiio\ 

Gladys , . . Eliyalielh Koss 

.Owain Watfliih. , . : . . , , CMarcni^e Derwent 
Si'ragg}' Evan , , . , , , vCwilym Williams 
Mi:.s, Jones Bakehouse , , , , . : Ciraee MiU.s 
Gas Jones , Ceonie,\ Luinb 

Mrs, Resurrection Jones Gwynctli Hughes 

There's nothing much for the 
theatre in "Minftie and Mr, Wil- 
liams," though it may make pleas- 
ant reading It's a one-joke play, 
with fliiniimim action but too much 
inconsequential palaverv Instead 
ot being moving or funny, it seems 
merely silly. 

Script is about 25 years old and 
was once done in London and a 
■number of years ago by an off- 
Broadway group in New York. 
Yarn is about a humble parish 
preacher and his wile who live in 
a remote Welsh village. An evil 
spirit, in the guise" of a young girl, 
visits them and gives the wife a 
new, real leg instead of her wooden 
one. But the replacement kicks 
up satanically and scandalizes the 
villagers. 

Chief interest in the show is that 
it gives Josephine Hull her first 
starring part, which she plays with 
characteristic imagination ,and 
finesse. Her performance, and 
Clarence Derwent's assured play- 
ing of the curious part of a fisher- 
man-guardian angel, are about the 
only assets of the production. The 
revisions have apparently hurt the 
script more than they've helped it, 
while Eddie' Dowling's direction 
and performance of the minister 
seem shallow. Eli'/.abeth Ross has 
an eflectively fiendish quality, but 
her scampering and posturing are 
distracting. The short narrative- 
prolog is extraneous, 

Mordi Gassner's setting and cos- 
tumes look plausible. Hobc. 

Closed Saturday (30) after five 
perjormances. ) 



Inside Stuff-Legit 

"Life With Mother's" 5S investors who chipped in for. $100,000, in- 
elude many show hi/, name'' Dorothy Stickney, who plays Mother, l« 
largest investor, with 510,000. Others include Howard Cullman, $3 000- 
Guthrie WcClintic, $,'),000; Bretaigne Windust. $2,000; Herman Beriil 
stein, $1,000; plaj agent Annie I,aurie Williams, $500; Carl Fisher, $.'j00' 
'Frank Sullivan, §1,000, p,a Harry Forwood, $4,000; Walter Fried' 
J $3,000; Anna Eiskine Crouse, $8,000; Katherine B. Day, $5,000; Beatrice 
iSerliu, $4,000; Donald Oenslager, $500; Lester Meyer, $1,000; Author* 
League Fund, $2,000; Dr. Irving Somaeh, $1,000; John C, Pinto, $.'i00. 
Co-author Russel Crouse also put in $1,000 each for his two infant; 
children. Lindsay Ann Crouse and Timothy Crouse. 

lnvestor.s in "Goodbye My Fancy" ^Madeleine Carroll), who chipped 
I in $65,000; also include such show biz names as James Merrill Herd, - 
! $2,600; Robert Rossen. $1,500; Meyer Davis, $3,250; Betty Zukor, $l,.'500, 
' as well as Robert Chris-tenberry, $5,200; Julius Fleischmann, $10,000; 
Ruth Baker Pratt, $1 000. 

"Mihnie and Mrs, Williams," which closed after a week's run, had i 
several show hh backers, including Josephine Hull, its feinme lead/' 
with $1,200; Ralph- Bellamy, $1,200; John Yorke, $1,200; Milton Wein- ' 
traub, $600; and co-producers David Dietz. ($2,40Q> and Daniel Melnich 
($1,200). • 

A title change might have saved Jean Dalrymplc's revival of "Bur- 
lesque," which closed its road tpur over the weekend in Los Angeles. 
Sudden decision to terminate the tour was based pn the L.A. stand. ; 
Which was in the red, Chief difficulty apparently was a popular belief 
by legitgoers that the show w^as, as the name, seemed to implyj a sti-ip. 
show. Ads during second frame stressed fact that It was concerned ; 
with backstage life, but to little avail. Despite i,ts poor take, "Bur- 
lesque"-had the best v ord-of -mouth of any show to bit L.A. In months, < 
and drew unanimously favorable reviews. 



Kaye Repeats Sock 



: Contlnned from pat* 1 ; 



benefit of the Variety Artists Fede- OTan-ell, Randolph Sutton, Billy 
ration benevolent fund, contained Danvers and G. H. Elliott, 
the pick of the artists that appeared Stewart MacPherson emceed th« 
in Britain during the year. Kaye | radio sequence with Derek Roy, 
was the only actor who came from | Radio Revellers and the Ted Heath 
America specificalb' lor the date i Band. Then came the ' Melachrino 



and hit the audience as no other 
performer did. He rose to the oc- 
casion to keep the . audience en- 
thralled for a half'-hour of superb 
artistry, switching from comedy 
song to sheer nonsense. Whatever 
he did was ;okay with the fans. 
Opening with a ballad, lie switched 
to sheer nonsense and crowded a 



Strings, followed by Julie An- 
drews, the 13-year old child so- 
prano from "Starlight Roof," th« 
Luton Girls Choir, Alexander 
Troupe, springboard act, Arthur 
Askey, and Buster Shaver, with 
Olive, George & Richard, 

Entire Crazy Gang, comprisin| 
Bud Flanagan, Nervo & Knox, and 



Dr. Kronkheit 



Continued from page. 44 ; 



HOLLYWOOD ' 
"Owe Fine Day" — Gail Gifford 
and Nat Perrin. 



SAMUEL FRENCH 

SINCE 1«;{(P 

Play, Brokers anil 
Aulfioi's' Repre3enlali\cs 

2,1 \Ves« 4Mh Stroel, ,>f»- link 
';«'!3 Sunset, Blvd., HvUj'uood W, Ciil. 



I Abbey for Iceland 

Dublin, Ocl 26 
Abbey Theatre directors are 
mulling an invitation from the' 
National Theatre of Iceland for a 
lour of Iceland next year. 

Larus bigurbiovnsson, here from 
P>c.\ka,|ik. has proposed a visit in 
.lune and Abbej ites ha\e alread> 
■-uggested three i3la.\s, all olclics' 
.T M, Svnge'.-i "Playbo.^ ol the 
Western World." W. B. Yeats- 
"CaitJin Ni Houlihan" and I-ennox^ 
Robinjson's "The Far-Off Hills." '/ 



W A N T E D 

REPUTABLE PRODUCER TO PRODUCE 

A camtdy, drqma, telling o iiary af a isut in travail. A: -greai Dtpiraiisn ' 
in jeopprdir. A .p«rtan.,gaing .through tK« fiery ordeal of ;tridl atirf error, 
to the blazing illuminolion, oi tclf-realijotlon. 

FpR STAGE OR SCREEN 

RECOMMENDED by MR. ELIA KAZAN and PROF. KENNETH ROWE 
(of the University of Mieliigan.) 

Vari«»y tot 31 SO. 1S4 W. 4itN S»r«et. New Yorit 19. N. Y. 



on, the (earn actually goes back 
fuither than 50 years ago In a 
sketch written tor the "Seidel 
Nighl" b> Chic Cohen. George 
•Washington aslce'i a faithful re- 
tainer to lelth Smitli & Dale play- 
ing at Loew's Bunker Hill. Charlie 
AUholT, in a prolog, bragged that 
he was 106 -yeai's old and recalled 
l.is first trip to the theatre at the 
!ige ot six when Smith & Dale 
headlined. 

The Lamls show was in the 
highest traditions of that organi/a- 
tion.. This group does not counten- 
ance second-hand material for 
its own use. Every skit and 
Hct .showed tremendous prepara- 
tion and earcftil rehearsal. 
Reunion of All the Avons 

One of the most heartwarming 
events v.'as a reunion of the 
.<(r,f|ight. nioii oE the Avon dom- 
edj Four Eddie MiUer, Ben Ed- 
v.aids, Lou La/erin and Alan 
Che.cter told of their turn in the 
spotlight and payofl in the dark 
in a parody, "We're tte Forgotten 
Men of the Avon Comedy Four," 
a tune b.\ l.ei Kramer "and Leo 
Kdwards FdJie and Harry Mil- 
ler revived their song and" dance 
act for Ihc occasion, and Bennv 
Fields accompanied by Al Uliii, 
contnbiited a parody. "Delancy 
St j eel is Famous For You," to the 
e\cnl Charlie Mosconi, appear- 
ing in' a toupe, drew some laugh,? 
when he lluew the "rug" into the 
\Mngs and lei go with a soil shoe 
numhci Larrv McDonald de- 
M'libcd ,) da\ at Yankee Stadium, 
vJien a celchiatinn of Smuh & 
Dale day duln'l come off. because 
Ihc team had to go on a $25 club 
dale 

The team Was presented a pair of 
silver seidels by the club and Joe 
Laurie Jr, dipped info his valu- 
able colleelion ol theatrical mcm- 
oi-dbilia mul contributed a 1914 
program of Ihe Fin,sbur\ Park 
Fmpire fLondon) show headlined 
b,^ Smith & Dale, 

Altliough the team has u,sed a 
vailely of Iheatrically formidable 
skjts, including "Hungarian Rhap- 
sodj," "The Real Esta'ors," and 
'S S Malaria," they're best 
known I'oi "Dr Kronkheit " It's 
probably the host low comedy act 
in the business. Those turning 
out for the event thought so Wal- 
tci Gi-ea/a chainiianned the e\ent 
and Mickey Alpcil cmcccd, 



Anti-Trust 

Continued f rom . page 8 



succession of his favorities into his | Naughton & Gold, next, finallv 
turn until joined by Britain's top giving way to Kaye, who was sup- 
comedy team, (Bud) Flanagan &; ported by the Skyrockets Orches- 

i(Chesney) Allen in a rendition of tra on the stage. This is the last 
"Underneath the Arches." He then | item on the bill prior to the final* 
led the entire company in "There's | in which the entire company take* 
No Business like Show Business." I part, With Henry Hall conducting' 

King George, Queen Kli7.»beth, the orchestra." 
Pi-incess Margaret and the Duke | 
of Edinburgh seated in a box, ap- 
plauded^ almost as. wildly as the 
rest of the audience. 

There were more applications for 
seats to this edition of thS' Com- 
mand Perfoiniance than in previ- ' 

lous years. More than 100,000 ap- 

I plied . for the 2,800 seats which sold 

jat a top price ot $84. Show netted 

I $56,000. Ticket speculators. It's re- 
ported, sold some tickets at the 

'unprecedented price of $400. 

I The show ran. three' hours dur- 
'ing which time other U. S acts 
.clicked before the capacity house, 
iBallroomers Jajne & Adam Di | 
I Gatano, comedy dancers The Col- ' 



miriistratioii as result of the elec- 
tions. ;';:■■■■;';.■;■;;;-.:■'' 

One important psychological fac- 
tor favors the Goy^'ji me#^^^ ; f im t'» 
the ' f rejjfeft^^^ 

the court to avoid another protract- 
ed trial. ;; Government proposal 
gives the court Sn Out, which it inay 
take wliile adding i condition that 
it can ejiamine the plan when siib- i 
milted. -r.' ■ : -'"s.' 

Developriiehls this week indicate 

istons. Busier Shaver and Olive, ; }|'"*J'^^/;V^"«T^^^^^^^^ 
! George & RIchaid the Nicliolas Ju""' ^^'•'^5 P'f ^^^^^ 
IBros, and the Bein..,d Bros, lat-i "J;"iM^'^^'K•^""°i^^^^^^ 
ter doing a sotk impei.sonatmn ol i y"'?'',,^°'r??fi, * 
I the Andrews Sisters and an op- ^'ll ''V,^ '^"'""8 *° V^^^^ 
leratic burlesque, made their impact ,'"1*;^ proposed finding* 

'on the house j which had the.se three companies 

i Top honors among Biilish artists ' L"." ^'V'*'"'' '''^■l^^ Proviso would 
werescoied b\ Ted Rav, comedian- ""'^ permitted cleaiance on 



Julie Andrews, 13-y ear-old soprano; 
' Arthur Ask<<y and Uie Cia/.y Gang. 

At the conclusion of the show, 
Sylvia Fine (Mrs. Kaye) was pre- 
Isented to the royal family. Queen 
Elizabeth said, "Tell your husband 
'how much we enjoyed seeing him 
I again." Pi-incess Margaret after- 
;vvard was present at a party given 
lor Kaye at the U. S. Embassy by 
I Ambassador and Mrs. Lewis Doug- 
las, 

I Many queued up before the the- 
,atre for many hours in a drizzle in 
an effort to get seats. Mob in- 



product when there was insulticicnt 
number of prints available to seiv- 
ice more than one first-run. D of 
J conceded its theorv was mis- 
taken. . ,/, , 

Understood, also, that Ass'l At- 
torney General Robert L Wright, 
who is handling the Governiiieiit 
trial, believes there Is nothing fur- 
ther to be done with respect to tli« 
Little Three. Wright remarked to 
one attorney that "we got wliat w« 
wanted against you." 



for COSTUMES 
DRAPERIES 

STAGE CURTAINS 

Moharam tuppliei every Fabric need 
for leading Broadwiiy itrodudions 
q.nd Hollywood ttiUdioe. ' 

thl; liflus* *f..8iirvic*.' ■ 




[eluded the Brill.h ve.'sion of the > THEATRICAL FABRICS 

I bpbb.vsoxers ; "hankie-hatters," sO- 

ciUed becrtiise ol theii custom ol 

wearing a kerchief In lieu of a 
I hat. 

I Opening the show weie The 
iMjrons. perch act- Two Cromuells, 

aerialLsts; Krisla & Knstal, dual 

Irapezists; Blackpool Tower Cii- 
iriisettcs, Latona &, Sp.irkes, Aus- 

1 1 alum conied> acrobats, followed 

by Chailie Chester & Gang, latter 

two appearing m the current Pal- 
ladium revue "Sk\ High " 
I Five dancing at Is made up the 

ne.xt ensemble- Jayne & Adam Di 

Gatano, Nicholas Bros., the Col- 
stons, 24 Tiller Girls and the Ballet 

(iirls from "Sky High," 

Before the oldtiiners come on to | 

do "Thanks tor the Memory," 

fomedian Ted R.-n and the Ber- ' 

naid Bios,, burlesque vocal im- ' 
'piesslonists, did their acts. The 

oldtimcKs are I'Ula Shields. Gerlic 
iGlliina, Nellie Wallace, Talbot' 



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89 



Literati 



FMIi» WfV*'» ChcckiMit 
Philip Wylie's resignation last 
wceic from the Authors League of 
Amecica was, in effect, promptly 
accepted by that organization. In 
■ brief reply to the novelist, Oscar 
Hammerstein, 2d, League presi- 
dent, contradicted Wylie's state- 
ments of the issues of the case and 
ouoted front the .League eonstitu- 
iiott to support his stand. His let- 
ter concluded that if the novelist 
fa not in sympathy with the fwnda- 



Fope, was such a kaleidoscope of 
ey&-opening styles, modelled by a 

galaxy of breath-taking, beauts, Boubleday t'crmeanwlSre? a7e 

preparing :pablicatiQn of General 



Des Moines Register-Tribune and 
N. Y. World - Telegram running 
serial publication and Look mag- 
azine giving it a four-installment 
digest. Prentice - Hall, publishers, 
are understood, however; to be 
slightly upset by the World-Tele- 
gram's sensation-tainted advertis- 
ing blurb for their serialization. 



that- little more was needed for a 
sock rating. The .staging supplied 
the continuity through a series of 
travelog backgrounds of Egypt, 
Paris, New York and New Orleans 
with the scripts pegged onto a 
television show. 

Opening in a rehearsal studio 
setting, show was then run off as 
if on a television screen with its 



Eisenhower's memoirs, "Crusade in 
Europe," for retea.se this month. 



inter- 



CBATTE& 

George Fi-azier on Coast 
j viewing names for Collier's. 

Gale Gordon's textbook on act- 
I ing will be published by W, P 
I Saundersi 



SCULLY'S SCRAPBOOK 

' ♦♦♦»♦♦♦#♦♦♦♦♦♦♦ By Frank ScuUy ♦ • ♦ M» * M i M « » »1 



mental purposes of the League, -'we 1 unrestriete^^^^ across Margaret Gruon and Oscar Saul 

must vegretfuUy submit your resig- , tlie iwrld Lenka Pe^ sold their serial, "Love No More," 

nation to the council;* There was a^d legit actress, roamed through - - 
no suggestion that Wylie might re- j t^e sliow m the guise of "Alice in 
consider his action. I Videoland," adding a bit of fan- 

T t.- i^tt-^^ ,.ac;nr..,finn .in/i , tasy. Mam narration was handled 



Be Praised, Ala., Nov. 1. 
Doctors have long grown resigned tQ the way nature gangs up on ; 
itself in a crisis now and then, and turns the healing: processes into . 
reverse, thereby liquidating its poor victim with what pathologists call 
a "complication of diseases." 

The picture business, even more panicky than nature, often goes after 
an attack of pneumonia at the box. oifice with a flame-thrower instead 
of an oxygen tent. 

Though publicity is the air the industry lives on, its producers often 
will start retrenching by cutting publicity and advertising budgets in 
half. The remaining half of the liired hands will then proceed td 
i choke themselves and their masters to death by instituting various' 
j retrrachments designed to alienate the press itself^ 
I For instance, it is almost the standard practice today for invitations 



lotte Munson, as the video show's 
fashion advisor, Herm. 



Wylie had protested against the 
League council's action in "order- 
ing" members to refrain from sell- 
ing or leasing their material ta ad- 
vertising agencies during the Ra- 
dio Writers Guild's current strike. 
The novelist was quoted as saying 
that "no American author - can 
properly be 'ordered' to take ac- 
tion or refrain from action by any 
minority group whatever, under ' 

our Federal Constitution. Such i j. z ^ ^ Down, the 
'orders' infringe upon individual, | ^.j,^ he is hunted by the German 



New Stolz Biog 

The life of composer-director: 
Robert Stola is a sequence of ups 
and downs. Tn "Three-Quarter 
Time Around the World," Guslav 
Holm; has written an excellent biog- 

, raphy. German language edition j for" RcadcPrDieest 
9f Ibis Publications (Linz-Vienna) i Audie Murphy Completed his 
I IS just out. Down the stretch, I book, "To Hell and Back," for faU 



tovOolliers. 

Charles Palmer in Hollywood 

rounding up interviews for Read- ' to press previews to stamp the invitations as "non'-translerabtte," and a 
er's Digest. | few public relations heads have said they will net admit anybody other 

Aldous Huxley due in from Lon- than the character named in the subpoena, 
don today (Wed) on the Nieuw Another quaint touch is a recent order that no contracted player, 
Amsteruam. , . official or technician, may talk to a member of the press unless there 

cieveuna Amovy s good piece, ^ pubUcity man from the studio present. This is more laughable in 



"Jack Benny's $400 Yaks," in Sat- 
evepost. next week. 

Harold Moatayne at work on an- 
other juvenile in the Ellery Queen, 
Jr., series of bookis, 

Ruth Brigham ankled her Holly- 
wood jolj with INS to write yams 



biian rights ii the" most profound s"ecret";ollce""stolz'l storrr^ds ' Hem-y Holt 

and important sense^ They are d i- ffkTaV'^Sa Chrisul'S^^^^^^^ I ftofo^ '^thr!iiCXe'''sentiifet 
rect violations, in my opmion, of j, eonsidprahTv in il«!i„ j • ^'ie„™"*auKee senrmei, 

the rights to free opinion •nd pri- [sending value is the fact that Stolz. wppk«! 

Vate conscience. a.s conductor, broueht to life manv Associated Press* Belle Shika 



Hammerstein's an-swer said in Leliar. Kahnan, Fall and Straus 1 rederamF Mark^'Barron'marrT^^^ 



part, "Evidently you have not read ^ operettas. This brings into the 
the constitution of the Authors , book many historical and fascinat- 
League, o£. whieh you have been , ing events in European theatrical 



life. 



Mans. 



lEite Nises 15 Novels 

Fifteen more novels have just 
been nixed by Eire's Censorship of 
Publications Board as "indecent or 



a member for so many years. The 
order or instruction . . . was issued 
by the Council in accordance with 
•peciiic authority given to the Coun- 
«il in Artitile IX of the constitu- 
tion to do just that. This section 
was made part of the constitution i obscene." 

Iftr vote of the memb&ship; the 1 They are: "The Golden Sleep," 
Council was elected by vote of the | by Vivian Connell; "The Double 
memhership. An act of a duly j Darkness," by Edward Fenton; 
elected governing board is not an ! "The Dancing Giant,", by Flora 
act of a minority, as you say. ' Sandstrom; "'f he Song of the Flea," 
"The Authors League was found- by Gerald Kersh; "Second 
cd so that authors could work to- , Growth," by Wallace Stegner; 

f ether for their common Cause .. . • "Blood Money," by Edward Hyams; 
ou joined this League, you have i "Dinner for None " by Maureen 
been a Council member of the I Sarsfieldr "Something Terrible. 



Friday i29) at Jean Dalrymple's 
home in N. Y. 

Peter O'Crotty has turned out his 
third novel this year» "Sergeants 
Nevec Die,", for publication by 
Simon & Shuster. 

Reported that Thornton Wilder 
is figuring on writing a play with 
the material in his historical book, 
"The Ides of March." 

To read George Trevor in the 
N. Y. Sun, when Yale is winning, 
is lilie picking up Ralph Henry 
Barbour all over again. 

Bob Weiss closed a deal with 
Famous Funnies Publications to 
print books featuring life stories 
of radio and jukebox stars. 
Franklin Coen's new novel; "Vin- 



u^vu " wwv...^ — - egar HiiK" rewritten from hi.s own 

Authors Guild you are one of our i Something Lovely," by William screen story, "Storm Warning," will 

most esteemed members, but it "i<w<i " h,r k.iv Rnvi«-< . ho n„wfirho.- - 
you feel that what we are banded 



together to do, we shoiild not do, 
li you would bar us from fulfilling 
the function for which we are es- 
tablished, we must regretfully sub- 
mit your resignation to the 
eouneil." ^ , , ^, 
By coincidence, the noveUsts 
brother, scripter-playwright Max 
Wylie, is a member of the coun- 



Sanson; "1939 
"Wild Week-End," 
trange; "Charade." 
timer; "Black Saga," by Peter 
Bourne; "Dual Ascent," by Mau- 
rice Delamain; "The Euffe Inherit- 
ance," by Gabriel Chevalier; "Play- 
ing With Fire," by Roger Vailland. 

Only English language versions 
of the tlu-ee last-named are ban- 
ned. The Censorship Appeal 



cil of the Radio Writers Guild ' Board has raised the ban on "Then 



Which called the .strike, and has 
be«i among the leaders in plan 
Bing and conducting it. 

More Comedian-Authors 

"Abe Burrows — His Book" is the I 
tentative title of a humorous auto- ' 
blog the comedian has contracted 
to do for Doubleday. 

Julie Oshins, who clicked m 
Irving Berlin's "This Is the Army," 
lis currently in Miami Beach work- 



and Now," by Somerset Maugham; 
"The Wild Yazoo," by John Myers 
Myers, and "Champion Road," by 
Frank Tilsey. The ban on the 
last two was only made last month. 



Galen Drake's Book 

Galen Drake's closeup on him 
self, "This is Galen Drake." with 



by Kay Boylw • be published by Rinebart 
' by Paul Les- Marie Torre, N. Y. World-Tele- 

by John Mor- ! gram drama reporter, weds Hal 
Friedman, television supervisor, at 
the Little Church Around ' ,the 
Corner, 'N.rY' Sat. (6). 

Joseph E:.- Daxi^esj Xfortti^qr Atn^ 
] bassador to Russia, legally advised 
! Gen. Eisenhower on his capital 
gains literary deal with Doubleday, 
A longtime friend, Dayies set up 
the entire package idea. 

Lucette Caron, quondamn 
Vakiztt muggess in Paris (fash- 
ions, etc.), in N.Y. for a ijidnth 
o.o.ing the American scfenew pl'ahs 
Xmas on the Cbasti ; She repS' 
Mademoiselle and :Oth€^i: mags in 
Paris, 



Hollywood than it would be in Moscow, but it shows this necrotic 
process I speak of in operation, 

I have warned all concerned that I personally will not talk in the 
presence of p^a.^s, not wanting- my sparkling repartee swiped and sub- - 
sequently slipped into the mouth of some star who wasn't even there. 
The Lateral Pass To Previews 
Take a look at other industries which are competing for the enter- 
tainment dollar. For years circuses have passed almost as many as 
paid. Football impresarios, too, thi'ow almost as many passes among 
the poor relations of the press as their players throw on the fields. 

In the company of Norman L. Sper, who has spent 2& years in and 
around pictm-es and 18 in and out of sports arenas (overlapping years, 
of cousel, I went to watch a Rams-Eagle football game recently at the 
L. A. Coliseum. Courtesy and largesse greeted us at every hand. The 
passes were, as impersonal as curbstones, the service as personal as a 
waiter's. ■ 

By elevator we were hoisted six stories in the air to the rim of the: 
stachum. Here we observed two additional floors — one for tlte working 
press, the other for guys like me who handle spot new$ for the Yale 
Quarterly. Each floor was glass-enclosed. The windows eonl4 be 
flipped up on warm days, closed for bad weather. 

Every press observer not only had a 50c souvenir program gratis, 
but between the halves "was served hamburgers, hotdogs, or bain-on- 
rye, cokes and other mild beverages. 

If his interest waned in the first half, he had it prodded by a play- 
by-play mimeographed summary, delivered by an alert press aide. 
Also within minutes of the end of the first half he received a detail 
of the statistics of the game. There were 2» of these in all. These, 
too, were rushed by mimeographed copy to each observer. 

There seemed to be no effort to slant opinion in favor of the home 
team. I thought how much better the picture business would he if its 
publicity departments ground out similar data instead of trying to deny 
the poor critic the small prestige he'd gain if permitted to pass on a 
pass to the doctor who happened ta be treating his ulcers. 

As further proof of how adult these sports publicists are over those 
bred in studio incubators, I observed that somebody named Earle 
Neale, who once played with, the Cincinnati Reds against the Chicago 
White Sox in the 1919 world series (when everything was arranged, 
including the scores), had become known as a great football coach 
under the nickname of "Greasy" Neale. Dubbed in this derogatory 
manner, Neale nevertheless coached a Washington and JefEersoB col- 
lege team into a Rose Bowl victory, mentored Yale teams for seven 
years and now manages the Philadelphia Eagles. More, he invented a 
"naked reverse" play that has fooled more people than Lantour's 
"sarong .shift." 

Said Mr. Greasy to Mr. Goldwyn 

He seemingly has lo.st no dignity in his calling' by being referred 
to habitually as "Greasy." I can imagine what consternation would 
result on the Goldwyn lot if a press agent released a story: and re- 
fen-ed, par example, to Sam as "Old Baldy" or at 20th to Zanuck as 
the "kernel of the Nebraska buskers." 

Norman Sper further pointed out that coHege players kiss and tell 
on each other every week with no ill-toward repercussions. In fact 
hundreds mail him their opinion of every roan they played against the 
Saturday before. Out of these statistics, Sper compiles his AU-players, 



Eric Johnston's warnings, in a 

f^lJ^.Zc^LV'^&frslaX" Ifont' 1^tfeS.n^e?e1 

adapted for a special column and 
used in current issue Of the 



is due via Doubleday next spring. 
Same pub bringing out Kenneth 



choice for each position involves the opinion of at least 180 men who 
have seen the particular star and played against hi'm In one part of the 



Ing on a. humorous book of Army , rr^^y^T^^^^^ 1^^^, ^„ printed 

" Page,'' case histories Oil stories aid 



Roberts' "1 Wanted' to Write" and [ prigtids^of DeraocracTbuUetin -^^^ country or another during the season. Sper set this system up for 

(ing ^'Price of Survival.'' 1 I^iberty years 



der heading ' 



articles published in the Saturday 
Evening Post, with foreword by 
Frank Luther Mott and introduc- 
tion by Glenn Gundell. 

H. Allen Smith's Projects 

Growing out of liis just-cora- 
pleted 10,000 mile auto junket 
across the U. S., a humorous trav- 
elog to be titled "Log of the Fly- 
" (the name of his car) 



John Garfield 



life, and turning down 
Offers to complete it. 

Weekend's European l&pread 

Weekend, American magazine 
published in Europe, started con- 
tinent-wide distribution last week, 
concurrent with shift of the pub- 
lication's offices from Frankfurt, 
Germany, to Paris. 

Formerly published by Stars and 
Stripes, the 24-page magazine was 
turned over to its staff when the 

Army, faced with costs tripled by , _.- - . 

German currency conversion | Nelle, wound i;p their two-montn 
dropped its sponsorship. The new i toiu' with a stopover at Arthur', IN. x. 
owners, headed by editor Dick -| Godfrey's farm m Virginia. | 

JTones, former Minneapolis and Chi- First on the writer s agenda , , ., , „ 

caga newsman, have put out 12 however, is a volume of ha.seball -'Borce of Lvil, for Roberts Pro- 
fasues in Frankfurt and one in anecdotes. "Low and Inside, be- ductions, his own unit withm En- 
Paris smce taking over last July. ; ing prepared in collaboration with terprise Pictures. Metro will re 



Continued Iiom pace 

to divide his time between films 
and legit: because of his old love 
for the theatre, and. has taken an 
apartment in N. Y. He moved his 
wife and family liere a month ago. 
He's due on the Coast for radio 



Can you imagine what a howl would go up, if such statistics were kept 
on every star in Hollywood and, bereft of studio politics, the Academy ' 
Awards were decided on this pro.saic hard-boiled level? 
■i Just before, the war Sper was doing a feature called ''Football This 
Week," which was released in 1,200 theatres. It gave shots of the top 
teams which would be meeting on the following Saturday. It showed 
their strong and weak points and predicted who would win. Sper 
averaged .827 rights over wrongs in 11 years. 

Oh, My Aching Eardrums! 
Can you imagine further what a screafti would hit the soundtrack if 
picture critics should run shorts of "Pictures This Week" and pick the 
flops and hits on the same detached basis as football is handled? Yet 



ing Saucer . ^ 

^ilpn%rnlth'^ Smith\nd"his wife i broadcasts tomorrow (4) and the ' rarely has a football mogul or even a fan demanded tliat the Spers of 

' '- - ■ !i5th;-> after which he . returns to ■• ■- ■'-- '---^-'^ ^— ----- 



Garfield finished work on the film. 
Tucker's People," now refilled 



l^ffers hope to duplicate in 
Other western European counti-ies 
the success they've had in Ger- 
many where it's the best seller of 
•11 English language publications 
The new distribution covers all 
(Hmatries west of the Iron Curtain. 



■ I'imes Fashions Showmanship 

Although framed within a neat 
theatrical format, the apparel's 
.Btill the thing at the N. Y. Times 
Hall "Fashions of the Times" 
■how, four-time sellout last week 
at a $3.60 top, Staged by Broadway 
producer-director Nat Karson, this 
show had a thin plot to serve as 
a binding thread for the various 
fashion exhibits. 

^cleverly 

highlight the frocks in integrated 
.patterns. 

To have done anything more 
Would be to have brought perfume 
to a rose. This edition of the 
Times' annual fashion show, 
sparked by fashion editor Virginia 



Ira Smith <no relation), an ex- ,53,3 j.ig 
' newspaperman, for sprmg puouca- giietgh " from 
i tion. Latter Smith has oeen col- ^^^^ jqJj„ Huston filmed 

[lecting these ^'^mond tales ioi a Columbia will release. 

"lin^hL -,- novel hi mM H^' Jennifer .Tones plays opposite. His 
ifi-tP«t honk "l arks in the Pop- two Coast radio appearances are 
corn " "ull he Doubleday-pSb-lto plug the pix. He now has one 
I liuje'd Nov 18. I film commitment, m June, with 

1 ■ * ' 1 ' his own company, and hopes to I 

' TTnv «;«mmprsbv's Best Seller 1 do it in Europe if conditions per- 
' "E?senCv^r Was My Boss,"' by ' mit. His European trip will cover 
,the Generaf-s former personal , July and August, Garfield's main I 
secretary, Kay Summersby, is [ reason for the trip being his need . 
snowballing into a ncnfietion Isest of a rest. 

seller with a fourth printing of| Garfield brought east with him 
5 000-10 000 slated on top of the 1 g copy of the script of "Mr. Broad- 
mitial printings of 17,500 copies. ; ^^gy " the story of Vahiety and its 



the game be barred because they -have picked certain; t64ms to'Ibse.. 

Since 82% who are picked to lose do lose, they could oefrtainXy nrake 
out a case that this Svengali was attaclcing with a brcotd of : P|n^<!^o- . 
logical warfare and hence was not so much a swaini as a stirrer 
should be barred from every press box in the country. But I haye 
never heard such talk, save perhaps around Hollywood !,studios |ind 
in Shubert Alley. 

finished "Rough 1 Though "Football This Week" was a war casualty it is now recover- 
Bob Silvester's , ing with the penicillin of television. Sper starts tbia week on a l&iOOO- 
mile tour of 110 American colleges. He will photograph between 
75.000 to 100,000 feet of film for next year's television fans.' By show- 
ing various teams in action and. by the use of opticats, si&# motion, ; 
animation and stop motion, he will be able; to show evtiry fan fairly 
accurately what will happen on the following Saturday. Indeed, it is 
quite possible he will be able to pick the champs of the year; is early 
as September: Oncei in :Octobeir,' 1939*^ in fact, he foreitdld Jnf iLtbjieitjr.' 
that- the■USC T^ojans^and. the Tennessee Volunteers^ mlefet .at 

the Rose Bowl on Janv 1, 1940, and the Trojans would wihi , "They 4^id,i' 
too. 

Sper has the most complete set of, stati,stics on evei-y college player 
ever i saWi HLs players often pick an All- American a year or two be- 
fore the experts do. Every professional coach in the country Is for- 
ever asking for a peek at these long Kreen books, ,,Thto;S;pe!i;;l}^S be^ 
come the background for authority in footballi 



Karson however Although he hadn't read the book, , founder, Sime, which producer : In Hollywood such an Operator would be denied credentials, b^^:lh6 
Utilized the staging to Gen. Eisenhower indicated he had 1 jgj.,.„ wald wants Mm to do for , Johnston office, if not run out of town by the state highway patrol aS 
-t.- <„t.»^.,f»ri no objections to the publication of •v\rarners, playing the Sime role. 1 a subversive character trying to undermine the glamour of the picture 
his secretary's "revelaiion.s. JVIjss ' Qa^jjei^ interested in the assign- ' business, ^ V " 

Summer.sby, meanwhile, is going ■ ^^^^^ pending certain script I My own view is that such a critical approach ihight not only help 
on a cross-country lecture Assignment would mark Hollywood make better pictures but might pack the peasants into the- 

""^^S*" ^^^*J;f,. Jicn ^?Hnl a M^^ return to old haunts on the J atr,es as thgjip^n-hande^l.hospitality of gridiimpub^^^ 
m.?tnd Tewspape? play with thf IWamer lot. 1 currently packs 'm feto footbaU .tands. 



S4 



CHATTER 



Wetlnesflay, November 3, 1948 



Jules G. Stein's flu stalled the 
MCA board ehairman'g return t6 
Bevhills. 

Jules Ziegler agency added Abe 
I^ewborn, Martin Baum and Hal 
Davis to &taff. 

Gliarles Reader, Hotel Pierre 
maestro-booker, to the Coast on a 
business trip. 

Jenia Reissar, of David O. Selz" 



London 



out to do special exploitation ott 
•'Ice-Gycles" for month. i . 

Jinny Reed, KQV p.a. who went ' Korda's ''Bonale ^ihceH6hai;Uc' 
to Europe in August for five weekSj rQUh^ly panned Ijijf IpcitX pffiSs, 
has extended her stay until Christ- Winnie ahd Phyllis' JCeeit^ aftet 
mas. 40 years ser%'ice, have retired from 

Jenny Lou Law leaves for New B. Feldman & Co. , - , ^ 

York next week to begin rehears- 1 Lee Ephraim . taking over Lord 
ing Broadway version of "Lend an Montgomery's London home in 
Ear '' ; Westminster Gardens. 

wi,^.^e ISrSd'^oJsf oStd '■ ere^c^e"^ L^hlftt^ i^?t£e 

nicVrLo=-«rN"^^^^^^^^^ ^"^^A^"^ : ««%»ef »Sley will 
homeoflfice confabs. as a loaa rep. team with James Minter of Renown 

Laura Leeds, songstress.pianist ' ' , Jnrs ' P"'*"''?^' ^"^"^ produce 

at Hotel New Yorker's Terrace Jf^-Vln* «n^^ n v >1^7n 1 "'"Jl^ » , a 

Room, is daughter of organist nto Persian Room of N. Y. Plaza Broadcast of the pre-recorded 
Jesse Crawford ^ jMaxme Sullivan, series of six pro- 

Tim Parrnii PY-Hnnpv Pln7P Henry Boettcher, head of Tech, grams has been fixed by the BBC 
hotef Mifmi Beach taktna awav ^rama school, directing school's to debut Dec, 8. _ 
soml'ofthe™ o™l?''cli*ente"f toYis annual Shakespearean pr^^^^^^ "The Kid From Stratford" moves 

new Delano Hotel there. , "Midsumme r Nights D ream. 

Pam rBlumenthal,: :Cinecolor I 



. bjoard chairman, to Coast after ex- 
teiided N. Y. confabs with Gine- 

COlor and Film Classics execs. ' : , , -n y »« 

Barbara Factor, granddaughter I ■ uy Lies itees 

of the late Max Factor, Hollywood 1 "Desert Song" into Lyceum Nov. 

makeup magnate, engaged to wed 16-20; "Blue Danube" cancelled. 

William Hilton Feb. 20 in N. Y. i Fritz Reiner here as Minneapolis 
Herb Golden Variety, with Mrs. Symphony Orchestra guest conduc- 

GoldeUi back from'; European vaca^ ; »i, xt-i-™ * /->>nn.; ..i.^ 

tion which embraced London, Paris ' , ^^S*' ^&°''A?J^''V^t 

and Rome, flying all the way. '^^^ Sisters into Curly s night 

Benay Venuta coming east with : Beatrice Kav at Hotel Radisson 

her husband, ArmandDeutsch ex- Flame Boom with Jerry Glidden 
; ecutlve aide: to Dore Schary, Metro ^ 

production topper; All due east ..(jav Blades" floor .show at 
Nov. 15. 1 Loop-s 

B. , Bernard Kreisler, former; nitery, 
Universal exec, due in . today , Gro.ss & Dunn, Georgie Kayo 
(Wed.) on the Nieuw Amsterdam and Billy Bishop's orch into Club 
after a year in' Europe studying ' Carnival. 

film trends. | Northwest Variety club had big 

Hat prize gimmick Sunday nights i homecoming party night of Minne- 
at the Copa bar, trailerized by disk . sota-Indiana football game, 
.lock Jack Eigen, with giveaway of I Dick May, local singer, winner 
a portable radio and a ring hypo- 
ing Sabbath biz. 

' Jean-Pierre Aumont - returns 
from France Dec. 1 for rehearsals 
of Theatre Guild play, "The Em- 
peror of China,'- in - which he co-, 
stars with Lilli Palmer. 

Irene Hilda, French chanteuse 
currently in New York, heads for 
Paris Nov. 12. She opens at the 
Champs Elysees Dec. 15 in a revue 
with Pernandel, comedian^ 
. Henry and Phoebe Ephron, War- 
ner Bros, screenwriters, staying 
over in N. Y. for three-week re- 
search job on untitled film ta be 
. produced by Jerry Wald; 
.' Joseph.'Bemhard, Ginecolor and 
Film Classics proxy, planed to 
Hollywood yesterday (Tues.) in his 
regular transcontinental shuttle 



into the Winter Garden theatre 
mid-December, at termiiiaitibh of 
its lease at Princes. 

Ella Shields taken 111 and had 
to cancfel her Wood Green Eiiipire 
date, j ust prior to Cominaiid Per- 
formance appearance. ' : ' 

V^ra." Lynn has contracted foi"; a 
toiir of . Deitinark and Sweden, 
starting Noyi /ldi She's, returning 
io the ait: in a hew BBC series 
after Christmas. 
, Bubbles and Arthur Hornblow, 
with Eddie .ivlannix, at the Coni- 
niaiid : ' PerfocmaHce Monday (l), 
and then tO Paris by air, possibly 
Rome thereafter. 

George Isaacs, Minister of Labor. 
Tv,.^„>„ „i\KA^.,i<. f^'.Iv>^^ 'ont likely to announce findings of his 

Loops elaborate new Gay 90b committee of Inquiry into the 

BBC-Musicians' Union wages dis- 
pute third, week In November. 

Harry Alan Towers planes to 
New York this week, and will sub- 
sequently go on to the , Coast to 
finalize arrangements for hisiseries 
of recorded programs with -Hilde-; 

«tarH^^^'%d^n'^r/,Jr!m'TV.^ Ballet Co, Opened 

stardom' radio program, to New; ... , «.a<!nn at ihp T nnrlnn 

York with Adams for appearance *'Snt weeK stason at tne i^onaon 
on Arthur Godfrey "Talent ; Scout" 



Heidelberg. Team will stay for 
another three or four weeks. 

Aulbau Film Gesellschaft is now 
in production in Gottingen, Brit- 
ish one. Wolfgang Liebenier is 
directing the first production, 
"Love, 1947," featuring Hilda 
Krahl. 

IFA (International Film Alli- 
ande>, which handles free film 
lending activities in the three 
western zones of Germany, has 
moved its headquarters from Neu- 
stadt to Frankfurt. 

Walter G. Bundle replacing 
George Pipal as manager for Ger- 
many and head of United Press' 
Frankfurt bureau. Pipal will be, 
director of UP's conti:iental in- 
coming services, with Paris as hq. 

Presented for the first time in 
German, Andre Gide's "Saul" was 
a smash at the Haus der Judend. in 
Hamburg. Producer was Karl- 
hcinz Streibing. Bernhard Minetti 
played the leading role with Hans 
Dieter Zeidler as David. 

Musicians of the Berlin Phil- 
harmonic Orchestra refused play* 
ing for Russian or Red-sponsored 
concerts, at least until the : Berlin 
blockade is lifted. The orchestra 
performs on U. S. license and is 
permanently lofcated in Berlin's 
U. S. sector. 

Report Film AG, Munich film 
company, starts shooting its first 
production sliortly. Film will be 
about the Alp-North Sea Express, 
showing , life in each - town along 
the route from Munich to Bremer- 
haven. Shooting will begin in 
Bremen and Sremerhaven. 



Australia 



air show. 



, Dublin 

;'';.';'-''.;By.MajcweW '^wieeney ■;'>V- 
Doug: WilUs, BBC^ .q^ 
.oh vacation. 

Waterford' City planning first 
municipal theatre in Ireland. 

Lyric cinfcrhai, Litrierick, switch- 
ing to vaudebwihg to shortagie of 

films.''- ■■ 

Playwright BrinsleyvMacnamara 

inked as new Radio Eii?eahh drania 

•critic. . ■ 

• Louis EUiinaii; Irish , Odeon 

...^r.t r'^^f.t chief, planed to London for talks 

between east and west Coast oiricesi ^^.jljj 'jjgjjjj pjjggg 

Shuberts spending $150,000 to 



completely refurbish the Winter 
Garden for its conversion back to 
legit. Mike Todd's "As the Girls 
Go," starring Bobby Clarke reopens 
the house next week; 

Esther Tow, publicity director of 
American Society of Cinematog- 
rapliers, planes in from the Coast 
today (Wed.) to formulate plans 
fOT ' drawing more cinematography 
hobbyists to theatre boxoif ices. 
' . Ann . Revel took over operation 
of the travel agency business cre- 
ated by her hu.sband, Billy Revel 
(Moore &) who: died two weeks ago. 



Radio producer Larry Morrow 
staging one-acters for Abbey Ex- 
perimental Theatre. 
; Colin Loudan bowing out of Ills- 
ley-McCabe Productions to become 
producer for Belfast Alts Thea- 
tre. 



Casino Oct 19 with "Swan Lake," 
with Mona Inglesby as chief balle- 
rina, and Jack Spurgeon and Ei> 
nest Hewitt in support. 

Judy Campbell to costar with 
Douglass Montgomery in "This is 
Where We Came In," a new comedy 
by William Templeton. Opens a 
provincial tour Nov. 20 before 
reaching the West End. 

Universal's British chieftain Ben 
Henry planed to Paris for a last- 
day powwow with Joe Seidelman, 
U's foreign ' boss, before latter 
Queen Elizabethed back to N. Y. 
following a month's general Euro- 
pean survey. 

Sybil Thorndike and Lewis Cas-- 
son's next London appearance, fol- 
lowing successful partnership in 
"TJie Linden Tree," will be as 
brother and sister in Margery 
Sharp's "The Foolish Gentlewom- 
an," adapted from her novel, 



By Eric Gorrick 

"Present Laughter" continues to 
do sock biz at Princess, Melbournei 
lor Carroll-Puller. 

Dan Carroll, head of Birch, Car- 
roll & Coyle pic loop, recovering 
from a major operation. 

Ealing's "Eureka Stockade" will 
be released here early next year 
via British Empire: Films. 

BoB Hill, Western Electric's 
commercial manager; enroute to 
U. S. to huddle with homeoffice of- 
ficials. ■ 

I "No Orchids for Miss Blandish," 
I despite erix pans,, is doing solid 
I biz at State, Sydney, foi* Greater 

Union;/. - 
Eric Williams, Ealing's local 

head, back from his huddles in 

London with Sir Michael Balcon 

and Major Baker. 



Ted Loeff recovering from major 
surgery. 

Ned Brown joined Famous Ar- 
tists Corp. 

George Glass laid up with virus 
throat infection, 

Viveca Lindfors bedded with 
throat infection.. : 
: Danny Thomas laid up with ear 
and throat trouble. 

Ned Depinet in from N.Y. to con- 
fer with Howard Hughes. 

Jerry Wald laid up: with flu and 
postponing his trip to Europe, 

Leslie Charteris heading for the 
Bahamas on a six-month vacation. ': 

Bryan Foy back after huddles : 
with State Department in Wash; 
ington. 

Frank Borzage ' to Honolulu to 
compete in. the Hawaiian golf tour- , 
naroent. 

Van Johnson to Oklahoma City 
to start a week's tour of veterans' 
hospitals. 
■ Pinky Lee doing shows for 
paraplegics at Birmingham Gen- 
1 eral Hospital. 

I Bing Crosby drew $40,000 with 
, a two-day benefit show for a new 
I school at El Cajon. 

Eddie Cantor and Dinah- Shore 
I to San Franci.sco to put on three 
shows for service men. 

Jonathan Latimer to Washington : 
to : confer with Navy brass about 
"Wings of Navy" script. 

Estate of late Greg Toland, val- 
ued at $60,000, goes to his widow, 
Virginia Thorpe Toland. 

Shelley Winters guested at 
BrentHood Country Club at bene- 
fit for new state of Israel. 

Monroe Greenthal in town hud- 
dling with Samuel Goldwyn, Ed- 
ward Small and- Eagle Lion. 

Barbara Stanwyck's excellent 
[diction won a' gold plaque donated 
j by the Linguaphone Institute. 

Bessie Love won a judgment for 
I $38,249 in back alimony due from 
her • former husband, William B. 
Hawks. 

George Jessel leading a 20th- 
Fox troupe to San Francisco for. 
world preem of "When My Baby 
Smiles, at Me." 



Dallas 



Mexico City 



J6e Reithmah at Baker's Mural 
Room. 

XaVier Cugat orch at Brook Hol- 
low Club Nov. 10. 

„^„. Horace Ileidt talking to state 

She's associated with Leonard J. I fair olficials about doing the Audi- 

Bronner of British American I toriuni show next year. , - , ~r 

Tours. : Leo Diamond is due in at Pappy's I player, currently heading a French 

Emil Friedlander, of Dazian's, Showland on a now bill with Dolly j vaude show here, heading for N. Y. 
named chairman of the amuse- 1 BaiT, the Two Jades and Roland j Latin houses, 
ments industries division for the ( Drayor orch/ - I Bigtime bullfight sea.son Was 

$600,000 fund-raising campaign I Jack Pepper is at the Suljurban I made possible at the Cilv of Sports 
now under way in behalf of tho| Club as singer and m.c. Stuart | here, 65,000-seat bowl, by the help 



Arnie : Hartman, American ac- 
cordionist, topping the vaude show 
at the Lirico. 

: Local radio station XEQ (100,- 
000 watts) celebrated its 10th 
birthday Oct. 31. 

Local citizens have organized a 
committee , to combat the nudity 
craze current in local vaude-rcvue 
theatres. 
Emilia Guiu, Spanish, pic-stage 



Copenhagen 



By Victor Skaarup 

Danish cinema :- takings about 
15% less than last autumn. 

Atlantic Palace,: new cafe, has 
Marie Valente as headliner. . 

'•Tlie Iron Curtain" shown with- 
out any disturbances at Rialto. 

"Arsenic and Old Lace'.' film 
finally okayed by the censor and 
a big. hit at Alexandra. ,. 

Lulu Ziegler, famed chanteuse, 
reopened her cabaret It was closed 
during the German occupation. 

"Dear Ruth" still showing at the 
New Theatre. Biggest legit hit here 
in years, with over 200 perform- 
ances.': 

So many big concert names vis- 
iting Denmark this season that 
even the biggest names, like Fritz 
Busch and Todd Duncan, have 
trouble: filling tbe. concert halls. 



Buenos Aires 

German actor Alexander Duma 
here. 

20th - Fox's Eddie Cohen tour- 
ing Chile, Peru, Ecuador and Co- 
lombia. ;: 

Actress Pepita Serrador and hus- 
band-manager Fortunato Benza- 
quen to Madrid. 

Dr. Manlio Marino, of: Italian 
Lux-Mar films, back from attending 
Venice Film Festival. 

Music rublisher Wally Downey 
and Mrs. in B:A. .for International 
Composers Conference. ■ 

RKO's publicity chief, Teresita 
French; to Cordoba to line up 
bookings for 1949 release of "Joan 
of 'Are. 

J. ,T. Guthmann, of Cinema- 
tografica Inter-Americana,, and his 
foreign manager, = Dr» Juan Parret, 
back from European trip. 

Spanish actress Margarita Xirgu, 
back in Buenos Aires after more 
than a year in Cliile, is to open 
shortly at the Argentino theatre 
in Fernando Garcia Lorca's "Bodas 
de Sangre." 



Vienna 



non-spctarian N. Y. Guild for the | Russell Trio also is there foi' 
Jewish Blind. : • month's date. ; 

. V Allen Boretz in from the Coast 1 
to work on a hew musical, for i 
Martin Gosch-Eunice Healey pro- 1 
duction. Plans for his revamping } 
of George M. Cohan's old hit, "4,j , 
•Minutes From Broadway," for Mil- 1 
ton: Baron are out. George Oppcn- 1 
heim has thai job. 

Producer Walter Wanger and'- 



Chicago 



Daniel O'Shfea. head of : Sclznick 
Studios, in for sliflirt. visit. ■: 

Howard Newmah, in fi'om N.. Y, 
to flack "The Heiress" at Selwyn. 
AGVA saved former clown 
dirVctor^Victor "Flem'ing'"poofing Charles (Sura Sum) DeMclo from 
speaking, efl'orts in joint addresses paupers^gMve 
Friday (5) at the luncheon meet of | " 
the As.socialed Motion Picture Ad- , ..^ 

vertisers, Hotel Piccadilly. Wau-I "p"*-'^''; """ce ISov. 6 
ger's wife, Joan Bennett, listed to , IJ,"Sh Herbert surprised patrons 
be AMP-\'s guest of liorior Great Northern theatre when he i 

Anotiier youAg actor, Robert , 'IPP^C''?,'' ^1" ^of'^''' , 
White, 22, has been picked up by ; J^I'gfi BiMon Shoos Oct 2, nighl, ; 
Federal authorities, for' failing to ' 
register for the draft White, who [ 
appeared in "Skipper Next to God" i 
and "My Sister Eileen," openly re- i 
fused to register as a conscientious I 
objector. The other pacifist actor, 
Stewart ,Zane Peckoff, reeently de- 
cided to sign up after several days 
in jail. 



agreeing to take a wage cut. 

"Fiesta Brava" fM-G) being 
readied by Carlos Niebla to opeii 
Nov. 18 in. seven local cinemas 
simultaneously. Biggest preeni 
lever here. : 

I Rudolph Locwenthal ready to go 
Ion his next pic, "La Daiiia del 
i Velo" ("The Veiled Woman' ), star- 
ring Libertad Lamarque and Ar- 
1 mando Calvo: 



Washington 



Eva. Baltri, daticer,' to, Spain for 
adio and music celebs slated to ' Bamber-^' EnelVsL^^^^^ ^J't}, 
«?.V .L^e^^l^ ''^l^«^-ll'««^^Mm°'has"'^standard^ 

magic show in Latin Aiiierica. 



Miami Beach 

By Larry Solloway 



Germany 



The iCreUzchor, Prote-stant bov 
choir, is on ;a three,. Week fcshcert 
'^ur of vvfesterh Geriiianj'. :' 
^ ^ , , , , <.„ , The Wurttemberg state theatre 
Freddy Calo orch set lor Sherrj has been released bv the U S 



By Florence S. Lowe : 

i Rubinoff and his violin due in 
1 Nov. 5 for benefit concert. ' 
! : John- Hodiak ; in ■ town briefly as 
i part of his swing tour for USO. 
I Ron Rattdell in to beat the 
' drums for "Loves of Carmen," in 
I wliich he appears. 
1 Guinii "Big Boy'' Williams, whose 
: dad was once V. S. representative 
li'oiii Texas, here last week for a 
I family wedding. 

The Pat O'Briens will m.c. a 
charity show here Nov. 15 .spon? 
sored . by local chapter of L. A. 
' City of Hope" Sanatorium and 
National Medical Center. 

"Show Time "for Wallace," staged 
last week to boom the Progressive 
party, was the work of such Br.oad- 
M'a.\' names as E. Y. Ilarburg, Har- 
old Rome" and Jerome Robbins. 



Raoul Asian off to Moscow on 
invitation by state theatres. 

St. Poelten city tlieatre reopened 
under Hans Rnappl's management. 

Unitas Producing Co., film outr 
fit, ousts Anton Profes, composer 
and general manager of the com- 
i pany. 

I Josef Gielen. now: director of 
[Burg theatre, in town, returning 

from Argentina. / 

By consent of Allied Command, 
, closing hours for bars and cabarets 
I extended to , 4 a.m. 
I Vienna has seen two productions 
I of "Medea" lately, neither being 
I the Robinson .lefCers version. Play 
I produced by the Burg Theatre was 
:by Grillparzcr. Another "Medea," 
I produced this summer in GratZj 

Slyria], was written by Csokor. 



Portland, Ore. 



Frontenac liotel 

Gracie Barrie set 
Club opening Jan. 19 



for Clover 



Army and turned back to the state 
government. . 

Bonn theatre recently cele- 



By Ha! Cohen 

■; Jim Hughes celebrates 20th anni | 

as program director at WJAS next i comic, in town and, writing book, 
month, I Barry Gray . switched 90-minute 

Hank Senber in town beating the , midnight airer from Martinique 
drums for Maurice Evans' "Man i hotel to Hyde Park; formerly the 
and Superman." I Lord Taiieton. 

Samuel Meli set for lead in I Art Green, WMIE disk-jock, had 
Playhouse's next show, an original l Tex Beneko, here with his orch for 
play .called "Shoi^ty,.',' ! Miami U homecoming dance, as 

Mary' T*rancei5" AcKetman going guest ori' Shovv Oct. '29. ' 



Bucky Gray, who'll run the brated its 100th anniversary with 
Zodiac Room in new Delano hotel, a performance of Zuckmayer's 
in N. Y. on talent hunt. ; "The Devil's General." 

•Tuanita Juarez orch into Cadil- Film Aufbau begins shooting of 
lac hotel's Starlight Patio. la film version of "Faust," shortly, 
Julie Oshins, "This Is the Army" i with Gustav Gruendgens as Me- 
and "Make Mine Manhattan" phislo, and Wolfgang Liebeneiner 
1---'- Idirecting, 



New Haven 



MPEA lias completed arrange- 
ments for showing of "Gone With 
the Wind" in German theatres, ac- 
cording to a report in the Hessische 
Nachrichten. 

Shooting of "I Was a Male War 
Bride,'' starring Ann Sheridan and 
Gary Grant, well under way neai* 



By Harold M. Bone 

I Sherman manager Ed Lynch 
I nursing a bum arm. 

Dan ; Mulvey now handling all 
publicity at Arena indoor palace. 

Yale Dramatic Assn. doing "Win- 
terset" for Princeton game week- 
end. ■ • 
. : Lou, Moscow's ticker being bct^r 
ter and he's now back on duty at 
Shubert boxofflce. 

Local barrister Norton M. Le- 
vine is head of new foreign 
film distributors heire. Continental 
Films, Inc. 



I Junmy Grier orch at Jantzen 
Beach Ballroom. ■ 

Amato's Supper Glub in Astoria . 
destroyed by fire. 

■ Multnomah liotel's fashionable 
Rose Bowl opened for fall. 

Ben Mosher quits Top Attraction 
Agency for Joe Young agency. , 

Will Maston Trio and Jacki"! 
Souders headline the Shrine Show', 
of Shows. 

Clover Club now operated byS 
the Timbermen's Assn. Floor show'' 
policy remains. V 

Judith Anderson^s "Medea" com- J 
pany arrived 30 minutes late for v 
opening nighl due to train derail- > 
ment. . , :« 

Merle Mesher back in town as 
chief of the Hamrick Evergreen 
Theatre chain in this vicinity, re- 
placing William Thedford. Latter 
liriov^d'to Seattle in siune capacity.' 



Wedneeibjt Noveoiber 3, 1948 



Columbia 'Gem! 

s Contmuc* from pa(« 1 is 

Andy out, of their current 7:30 
slot, a mpv« simplified for CBS 
under ttie A & A 12)000,000 cap- 
ital-gains deal wWch gives Paley 
complete ownership of the A & A 
"property" and authority to switch 
■ tbeni wherever the web so desires. 

Edgar Bergen, currently heard 
Sunday night at 8 on NBC for 
Standard BrandSi which has heen 
anxious to unload him, has al- 
ready been sold to another spon'^ 
sori the transaction having been 
signed and sealed Monday (1), al- 
though the new bankroller is be- 
ing kept under wraps. 

Benny is agreeable to the 
switchover, it's been learned, but 



plus Instrumental work on guitar, 
accordion and violin. 

Standard robot-doll routines of 
the Dolinoifs and Raya sisters set 
comfortably with the stubholders. 
Their toyshop framing makes for 
« colorful canto for .the family 
type that are regulars here. 

Les Rhode house orch handles 
the backgroundings in capable 
Jtyle. Lary. 



Aga Khan 



Mr. and Airs. Stanley Yorke, 
daughterv Hollywood, Oct; '26, 
Father is a flhn editor at RKO. 

Mr. and Mrs, "Punch" Wylie, 
daughter, Syracuse, Oct. 16; 
Father is ssilgs inanager of WFBL 
in, that , city./- '. ■ 

^ Mr. and Mrs. Leon Alton- daugh- 
ter, Hollywood, Oct; 28. Father is 
avsiereeH,' actor.--;' ■,;','•,■■"■■,■:",,:,'■„■■',' 
_ Mr. and Mrs. Sid Pietzch, son, 
Dallas, recently. Father is news 
Leditor of WFAA in that city. 
Continued from page 1 ssssS Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Satter- 
from a number of countries where yhite^ daughter,. San Antonio, Oct 
there are restrictions on remit 



tances. It's reported that the tieup 
will include provision -for produc- 
tion of pix in Europe by the syndi- 
cate. Playing of these fUms In un- 
restricted mai-kets would permit 
EL to extract dollars from the deal, 



23, Father i6 announcer on KITE 
there. 

, Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Thiriot, 
daughter, Oct. 28, Portland, Ore. 
Father is- Paramount branch man- 
ager there. 

Mr. and Mrs. Art Linkletter, 

SI, 



only if the Phil Harris-Alice Faye b'^J^h „ ^^^^ Hollywood Oct 

show for Re.xall (since Harris is deal also calls for Father is^-adio pSer and em. 

integral part of the Benny , ^^^'JLJ^°'T^ZT'^^^ ^"P.^'"'' ' ^ee. Proaucer 



55 



OBITUARIES 



program) moves over with him. ' ^^^f ^ Mr. and Mrs. Ivan Goff, son 

Under terms of the checkerboard I ^ow 4w York and I ^anta Monica, Oct, 30. Mother i 

moves, all the comics would get the Beniamin Jfnm^v ^„ p„w n ' """^'^^^ ^"talie Draper; father i 
same time slots on Columbia as v^"J,t f^orney to Robert R, ■ screenwriter, 
they now have on NBC, which p?V"^' controlling stockholder of 
CBS could easily accomplish ' H^c ^tJI? a ^^^''l^"'^"u: 
. through the simple expedient o{ ''\lfhJJ'SA^^ ^^^u 
moving k&A and finding a new ninJ iT'^*" ^' i''^^''' 

time slot for the Wrigley 7 o'clock i °if^"'i^'"'^? .y^^"^ * 

^rnornm fr:„r,„ A>.f.r,» , rcciprocal distribution 



MARY NOLAN 

Mary Nolan, 42, known as Imo' 
gene Wilson when she was in the 
Ziegfield Follies 29 years ago, was 
found dead Oct, 31. at the home of 
her sister in Hollywood where she 
lived. Exact cause of death was 
not immediately revealed with an 
autopsy Vordered. Last spring Miss 
Nolan was taken to Cedars of Le<-: 
banon hospital on the. Coast suffer- 
ing from malnutrition, 

Ironically, she died soon after 
she had sold her life story to a 
picture company, a publisher and a 
national magazine. 

The late Mark Hellinger once 
said of her: "Only two people in 
American would bring every re- 
; porter in New York to the doclcs 
I to see them off. One is the Pres-. 
ident. The other is Iraogene 
(Bubbles) AVilson." 
She was gracing the Follies early 



attack. He had been teamed in 
an act with his father, known as 
Fargo and Richards, and later witli 
his wife* f Dolly,, who survives him; 

He retired from the stage 18 
years ago to teach music in the 
Fontana schools. 



Mrs. EMMA F. WHITEHILL 

Mrs. Emma Fischer Whitehill, 
85, former concert pianist, died 
Oct. 31 in New York. Mrs. White- 
hill studied music in Europe and 
was a Leipzig Conservatory grad- 
uate. She played concert halls in 
U. S, for 15 years. 

Daughter and a son survive.. 



THOMAS J. CARMODY 
Thomas J. Carmody, 84, vaude 
booker until his retirement in the 
early 30's, "died Oct. 28 in N. Y. 
after a brief Illness. 
Surviving are .his widow; 



program (Gene Autry). I ^^if'V.^'ti. "«>"'"""°n arrange- 

The multiple CBS OTapup of tL , « • « • 

comedians which, for years has i ,Tt!v currently in Pans 

Riven NBC the comedv edcp in — ^l^ere he underwent an opera- 
SL%Sramming7Nl'c's s^^^^^^^ ^•-j„«-'/3 him'^of ^900 ol,0 '1°X 

personal needs. Twice on birth- 

off^'l^r).Xe?not''invVv'^^^^^^^^^ frj! '"S''*!?" 
Ital-gains deals in the sense that " ^"^"^ ^ 
the blackface team was wooed 
over to Columbia. 

However, it does encompass 
television as part of. the overall 
programming plan. 



Rossellini 

Continued from page 2 



monds. 



House Reviews 

5 Continued from page 17 ^ 

l*aJladinin, I.^ndon 



Billy Rose 

Continued .front page 1 



him pn his own terms. He denied a 
recent report in the U, S, that he 
had tentatively agreed to a deal 
with Goldwyn that would give the 
latter script control. 

Major point of diiference with 
the Americans has been Rossellini's 
refusal to provide a completely 
blocked-out shooting script — to 
which he'd stick— before starting 
I production. That's not the tech- 
nique that brought him success, 
Rossellini declared, and he doesn't 
propose to change to it. Explain- 
ing his own method, he said: 

"I have a general idea of what 
I intend to do when I start shoot- 
ing. I take my plot writers and 
my dialog writers with me on the 



hv thP Tiller ri,.ic «„A A- 'them now. These artists are in de- 

oy tiie iiiier uirls, and has radio ma-nA thrnnrf - in i7,i<-n»a 
com M rhjtrlio rj,.»<r(<,.. v.," ' mana aoroaa, m . Jimope 



of confidence a management could 
want," he said. He thinks the Met 
is in a healthy situation . today. 
The Met, he said, has been creat- 
ing fir.st-rank American artists the 
past dozen -^ears, and has 2.5 of 

camera work we get the s f 6 r y 

comics Charlie Cheste'r "and""hiV 0""!^ ,''"''"?"• ' Jiurope and rather definitely laid out — al- 
gang- providing an abtmdince of A'«erw*- I though still always open to change. 

Eunfor aoundance of | -if destroy the Met," John- The dialog writers stay with me 

Credit for the biggest individual ' f^^J^' y^^i Soing to , right along, however, because I 

hit of the show undoubtedly goes P*^*^'^- ■ want what the characters say al- 

If-'- - " ' • • ■ ■ - Asked what the Met plans to do ; ways to come out of them natural- 

to carry out its promise last year l.ly. We Can only tell wliat they'd be 
of cutting out the shenanigans of j iikely to say. as the story and their 
eccetitric, patrons, on. opening night understaiidihg:' of their roles de- 
(as filled the newspapers last year), velops:' You cah't ":sit down, as tjiey 
Johnson said a special committee do in Hollywood, and figure out 
had been formed to handle the 1 mathematically - in advance- whr/ 



#eo. ill, Cofjan 



(187a-1942) 



JERRY VOGEL 



in 1920 when Ziegfield described 
her as "the most beautiful girl 
I ever glorified." She appeared 
for other producers, including 
Arthur Hammersteiu; Her ■ roles 
were seldom big. And her rise to. 
musical comedy leads- helped 
wreck her career. 

It was her acquaintance with the 
late Frank Tinney, blackface com- 
edian, that wound up her career 
and that of Tinney. Wliat might 
well have been one unpleasant in- 
cident extended into a bitter story 
that started when Miss Wilson (she 
changed her named to Mary Nolan 



to John Boles; making his first 
West End appearance after his two 
months' provincial stint. It didn't 
take long before he had the Pal- 
ladium audience clamoring for 
their favorites in the traditional 
giannerj and although he yielded 



scene. Within the first 10 davs of later) swore out a complaint charg- 
ing Tinney with assault, claiming 
|100,i()flO daihages; Tt^e grand jiiry 
refused to indict hiin ' and thfe. 
damage suit never got into court, 
according to- the records. The al- 
leged bct^ting, hovifeveri curtailed 
Tiiiney's : career ■ ind fr'adually, 
finished her stage aspirations. ■ 
She, W^nt to Germany , to v(rorJ{, 



daughter, son, three sisters and «^ 
brother. 



WM. HILARWS 

Wm. Hilarius, 43, chief radio 
engineer of South African Broad- 
casting Corp.,: was killed-, in K,L;M. 
plane crash at Prestwich, England, 
while on his ; way to Mexico- City 
to attend international conference 
on wavelengths. He .was one of pio- 
neer broadcasters;, in South Africa. 

Wife and two sons survive. . ; .• 



KARL HACKETT 

Karl Hackett, 55, film actor, died 
Oct. 24 in the Soldiers' Hospital, 
Sawtelle, Cal., where he had been 
a patient for nine months. 
. For years he played heavy roles; 
in western films. ; > • 



WM. PAGEL 
Wm. Pagel, 70, South African 
circus owner, died at Knysna» Cape 
Province, So. Africa, Oct. 13. Pagel 



fi^wn "^h.^ « Jhaw i'^^.r'^"''';- P'''"' ^° ^'"'^ edi- each character should say as the 

Z^Z^' 41, probably disappointed tors of the various newspapers to situation proHres<;es " 
many on the first night by bowing ask them to cut down on the sen piogies.,es. 



«ff without 
Rita 



giving them "Rio ! salional 



.-..iiimiHi anelfl of Mpt nnpnlnp ! Gregory Ratofl', Gregor Rabino- t 

'ntsht coveraee Asked what sm- i^"'-^'' Americans who've I 

nigni coverage. Asked what spe- ^een producing in Italy have great- | 

ly multiplied costs of pictUremalt. 




IN FOND RISMEMBRANCE 

JOE BURNS 

Nov. 3. 194& 
VERA AND MACK GOLDMAN 



inimitable, effortless way they 
made their "Midnight in Mavfair" 
act one of the high spots of the 
evening, and almost had the audi- , 
enee m the aisles. Warren, Latona t 
and Sparks, also booked for the 



M-G's Memo 

;Contlnoed from pAgc ;S 



^^'^•^'T^' l-if /p"anrusing'"ti.e'LSi's ^f'Lof^e 
n,of,'-eSLT"'"^ ' ^f'^^^'t^ Jl^ I Robertson and Mary Robertson. 
o^*«v^^*Pf?^nA^A^M<=h as 80,0(^0,- I She did well enough in some 12 
000 In-e i$139,000) ]ust getting , pictures to prompt Joseph Schenck 
j ready to shoot— and that's equal to to sign her to a HoUywood pact. 
, his budget for two films. she appeared in numerous U. S. 

Italian producers who do their films, including "Sorrell and 



Command show, and the Skating shifting industry circumstances is, work in studios have been much I Son, Foreign legion, West of 
Ryles performing Intricate routines to enter a decree which anticipates ; more affected by this increase than , Zanzibar and Desert Nights. 

' he has, he asserted, since he does I However, a series of squabbles 



on a small, circular table, merited 1 the possibility of such changes and 
the warm reception they received, accommodates itself to them. . . . 
^trederick Ferrari and France The suggested dismissal of the 

Government's prayer for divestj- 
ture relief . . . denies all responsi- 
bility for implementing an existing 



Clery duetted to perfection in a 
superbly conceived vineyard set- 

Aan'^y]^ it* 'h their jungle oiutv ior implementing an existing ivui years ago una ; snuuia nave 1 y — --^ 

i^:"^? ^l'^L^f^'Y''J}}L'''":i^^ decis^ion.Loew-smemofandumcitel;cost only 6,000,000 lire ($10,400), ■ «l«°^lges and accused 



most of his shooting on location. I with American; producers virtually 
He pointed out, however, that called a hall to her work in Amer- 
"Open City" cost 11,000,000 lire ; ican pictures. She then played at 
($19,000) when it was made almost 1 several nightclubs. She sued Ed- 
four years ago and "should have ■ ward Mannix in 1935 for $500,000 



nO' authority to support its sug- 
gestion that such relief may not 
be granted 'until the Government 
provides evidence showing the 
need therefor under present cou' 
ditions.' 

"There appear to be no anti- 
trust decisions dealing with such 
a contention, but Sherman Act de- 
crees divesting property or dis- 
solving a combination have cus- 
tomarily been entered without any 
findings whatsoever as to the re 



went through their routine with 
perfect grace, charm and agility. 

Ihe Charlie Chester gang rely, 
of course, on the characters they 
nave made popular on the air, 
and although not up to the top 
West End level, are sufficiently 
yvcly to keep the show moving. 
1 he entire show, in fact, can't miss 
lor Its limited eight weeks' sea- 
ton. Myro. 

Olymiika, Miami 

_ Miami, Oct. 30. 

DoroDiu Claire, Moro & Yacon- 
flii, Kandy Crane, Rosales Sisters, 
V}e Dolinoffs & Raya Sisters, Les 
Rhode House Orch; "Mr. Bland- 
ings Dream Hous6" [SRO). 

The blend of variety packaged 
nere this week is cut from a better 
i'"" of acts, with solid audience re- 
sults the net result. 

Dorothy Claire's personality and 
solid projection of her intelligent- 

uft t -^^ arrangements make her .,;.„„„„j „ 

fTpr a.^,,,?''/"^"™!;'^'^^ ' Weekly Issues is customarily re: 

I Cain;t Say leased on Wednesdays. 



if we hadn't' l uii into financiai and 1 i"8 . 



other difficulties," while the same 
picture would cost 40,000,000 ($69,-. 
500) to 50,000,000 lire ($87,000) to- 
day. (The lire now is legally 5^S 
to $1 and about 750 to $1 on the 
black market). 

Ros.seUlnl hopes, incidentally, 
that the financial difficulties which 
have impeded his filmmaking in 
the past wiU be at an end now as 
a result of the tieup he recently 
made with Ilya Lopert, foreign- 



was Mary Imogene Robertsom She 
was born in Louisvillei Ky, 



straints prevailing «t the time of ' language film distributor and exhib 



final adjudication." 



TV Compels 

Continued from page 1 



in New. York, and through loans 
which the goyernment - controlled; 
Bank of Italy is; making available 
to all producers. The Bank of Italy 



JOSEPH OPPENHEIMER 

Joseph Gppenhelmer, 82, former 
theatre owner, died in New York^ 
Oct. 25. In association with his 
brother, the; late Jacob Oppen- 
heimer, who died in 1934, he had 
owned: and operated the Lyric the- 
atre, N.Y., when the house was a 
Broadway legit stand in the late 
1920s. The brothers subsequently 
met with financial reverses and lost 
the theatre. . ; 

Prior to coming to New York in 
1927, he and his brother had oper- 
ated the American and Garden the- 



posal to move release date of the f^d conditions are just as tough as 
weekly Monday is.-iue to Saturday ihose imposed by banks makmg 
• • •'. _. ; f . . . film loans to indies in the U. S. 



advances are by no means subsi- , ^tres in St. Louis and later the 
dies, however They run up to 50% Q^yety and Standard theatres, bur 
or higher of the budget, but terms , lesque houses in that city. 



instead. This Issue Isvmade up by 
the five reels; on Thursday and held 
for Monday, Second; of the semi. 



No" is the sparker. Rest' of layout 

S; a?e '^Sherorth^^^^^^^^^ " '^ 



Survived by his widow. 



JACK MEIILER 

.Tack; Mehler, 41, former talent 
scout for Metro, died as result of a 



Video rivalry has become in- 



Ruffin Heads Tri-State TOA 

Memphis, Nov. .2. 
Tri-States Theatre Owners two- cerebral hemorrhage in New York 
day session here la.st week was Oct. 26. 

highlighted by talk by Robert j He left the film company three 



.started in circus business as a 
strong man act and went to South 
Africa, in 1905. He started a one- 
man circus; in Durban and from 
this he built up South Africa's 
largest and most famous circus. 



FRITZ TIDDEN 

Fritz Tidden, 63, Hollywood 
agent, died at Motion Picture 
Country . Home, Hollywood, Nov. 1 
following a heart attack. He had 
been sick for weeks, 
. Tidden came to HoUywood in; 
1922 as Erich Von Stroheim's press 
agent, and later did publicity for 
Clarence Brown and others in the 
film industry as well as for various 
publications. 



STANLEY E. JOHNSON 
Stanley E. Johnson, operatic- 
basso, died In Hollywood Oct. 26 
of throat cancer; He was in the 
Ziegfeld Follies of 1935-36 and 
appeared In stage presentations at 
N.y. Roxy and Radio City Music 
Hall. 

Survived by his wife. 



Wesley R. Jones, 40, former 
newscaster for KCBC, Des Moines, 
died Oct. 24 at Oakdale. Iowa. 

Survived by parents and a sister. 

Mother of Angus Winneke, stage 
designer for the Tivoli circuit, 
Australia, died Oct. 28 in Sydney. 

\Mother of Don Zelaya, concert 
pianist, died Oqt. 27 In New Or- 
leans. 



Wife, 58, of Hank Mann, film 
comedian, died Oct. 27 in Holly- 
wood. 



.'Vmericm " i^'rA'T^f.^^w" 1,"""".^ making the need for more timely Mochrie, domestic sales manager i years ago to take a fling at legit 
^meuccm aero acts that have newsreels a hot problem among of RKO, He .saw the fence exist- p/oducing and was reportedly in 



teL^'lUr'S work'^n^^^ the filnrcompanies. Last baseball , ing between exhibitors and ex- 
gasps aerial work. brmgs^^^.^j.j^ ^^^.^^ ^^^^^ ^^1^,^ ^^j^g change reps being broken down 

Emcee Randv '^ranp is --i -f- coverage of the classic badly dating The tough foreign situation was 
tient, self-elTacine intropr who Hoi's later new sreel i-ssues, i cited as a big industry problem, 

okay in his ow^n spof with a^^ Meeting With Morgan wiU be W. F. Ruffin, Jr., of Covington, 
mimicry and a fresh line of palter ' Peter Levathes, 20th-Fox; Edward . Tenn., was elected president of 
and special material, Moro and.McAvoy, Universal; Arthur Lachs, , Trl-States TOA, succeeding Orris 



the process of casting his first pro- 
duction when btricken. 

Sui-vived by mother, two sisters 
and three brothers. 



Father, 86, of Ben Boyar, legit 
producer, died Oct. 26. 



CHARLES W. FARGO 
Charles W. Fargo, 68, former 



ifaconelli are in the tradition of the 1 Metro; and Norman Moray, Warner , Collins, named chairman ol the ■ .vaudeville performer, died Oct. 26 oyiwusc, wi. ™ b bijuj 

Old s^ude das5i with theif C(om<tdi«s.'iBros. • ,,riboard. . " . , Un Fontana, Gal,, foUowing. a heart director with-WfBL In.thfat.'cityi; 



MARRIAGES 

Belle Shikaredes to Mark Bar- 
ron, New York, Oct. 29. Both are 
with the Associated Press. 

Evelyn Ward to Jack Cassidy, 
New York, Oct. 31. Bride is lan 
actress; he's legit actor appearing : 
in "Small Wonder." 

Helen Sullivan to Tom Decker, 
Syracuse, Oct. 23. He's . sports 




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WORCESTER, Mass. 

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BENNY'S $4000,000 NBC DEAL 



B^-Coin Bookings for Niteries, 
18 New Hotels Gear Miami Season 



By LAKEY SOLLOWAY 



Miami Beacli, Nov. 9. 
Greater Miami this yeai- is gird- 
ing itself for another smash sea- 
son, despite gloomy reports from 
other resort cities which floun- 
dered last summer. There will be 
over 2i000 additional rooms avail- 
able, via 18 new luxury hotels be- 
ing readied for the '48-49 season; 
more niteries than obtained since 
the war, and dozens of eateries; 



Lawyer Turns Magico 

Pittsburgh, Nov. 9. 
Dan Schmidts local barrister who 
lias parlayed :his hobby, hypnotism, 
into a profitable business^ is going 
to branch out right after the first 
of the year with a regular unit 
aimed at theatres and auditoriums. 

In last few years, Schmidt has i 
practically given up his law . prac- 






BY 




country. 



will be running, all looking for the jigg gj^g exhibitions all over the 
anticipated flood of sun-seeliers, 
though most admit that the lush 
dough won't be as heavy as in re- 
cejit years. 

"bn the nitery side, the Beach- 
comber is bellweather of the group 
prepping for the Winter. Always 
a believer in names for draw and 
profits, Ned Schuyler, operator of 
the big spot, started boolung early, 
and is in be$t shape as regards his 
lineulp. Teeoff show on Dec. 23 
will feature Dean Martin and Jerry 
Lewis for minimum of three weeks 
with one-week option, depending 
on their pic commitments. Comedy 
team has been dickered for by 
most of the big spots here, but 
Beachcomber got them' when film 
producer Hal Wallis, to whom they change in the 
are under contract for pic, post- , the American 



U.S. Envoy Feels 
British Fix Quota 

wol Stick y ef 

By HERB GOLDEN 

London, Nov. 9. 
There's virtually no nope of a 



■poned filming until mid-January, j Britain, U. S. 

Supporting show will feature , Douglas told Variety 



situation faced by 
film industry in 
Ambassador Lewis 
last week. 



By GEORGE ROSEN 

The NBC vs. CBS "Capital 
Gains Battle" which finds the twO; 
networks locked in an unpreced- 
ented rivalry for top names and 
properties, moved to climactic 
and stunning crescendo this week 
when NBG ''bought" Jack Benny 
and his Amii$ement Enterprises 
operation for a, reported price of 
$4,000,000. 

Threatened with the loss of its 
sock sequence of Sunday night 
comedy shows. Including -Benny, 
Phil Harris- Alice Faye and the 
Edgar Bergen shows, which would 
have left only Fred Allen to fill 
the gap, NBC prexy Niles Tram- 
mell, with the reported blessing 
of RCA board chairman David 
SarnoflE, moved swiltly into the 
picture to- engineer radio's most 
fabulous deal to date. 

The action of Trammel! and his 
NBC board of sti-ategy came just 
as CBS board chairman William 
S. Paley was about to wrap up the 
most farflung programming coup 
in network radio whereby Colum- 
bia would have grabbed off NBC's 
Sunday night talent lineup to en- 
trench them in the same time seg- 
ments on CBS. 

Under terms of the new Bennyr 
NBC deal, which, according to 



Some Showmen See Frice CeOings 
Easing More Coin for Amusepnts 



'Miracle' Truman Song 

. Recording companies iSnct music 
publishers begain getting tunes 
based' on President Truman's un- 
expected reeleijtion the day after 
his victory was assured. Decca 
Records^ for example, got a home 
recording and lyric of a tune titled 
"The Miracle Man from Missouri" 
late Thutsday (4) afternoon. And 
it was mailed from a midwestem 
city. 

Several publishers drew almost 
as fast action. None of them is 
worthwhile, at least none ot those 
that came in so fast. ' 



Truman Election 
Cost AFM Million 
In Disk Settlement 



prances Langford, plus a June Tay- j The envoy said that the present ' one exec close to the picture "rep 
lor production. Show to follow will 4.5'?o quota and the currency re- [ resents twice the coirf" involved in 



■ pr 

C O in bine third-time returnees, 
Sophie Tucker, Harry Riohnian 
and Jackie Miles for minimum of 
four weeks. Windup four-week 
lineup will have Tony Martin and 
the Vagabonds in support. 

Copa City, currently building 
(in place of Copacabanai across . 

the street from Beachcomber, has i ful watch on the American film in- 
planned a late-December opening, I dustry's dealings with the British 
However, though Xavier Cugat is ' government since the 75% tax was 
being dickered for, with 
, garde and Kay. Thompson, 
bldded for, no set dates or names 
have been officially announced. 
Understood though, that owner 
Murray Wcinger is going after 
"draws at any price." 
^ La Boh erne, which will operate 
In place of the shuttered Colonial 
Inn, has Morton Downey to open 
. ' (Continued on page 63) 



strictions worked out in the AnglOT - Columbia's recent capital-gains ac- 
U. S. agreement of last March ' quisition of Amos 'n' Andy," NBC, 
could be expected to stand in- as a protective measure, has been 
definitely. i obliged to buy out the whole 

Douglas explained that despite ; (Continued on page 28) 
his preoccupation with the explos- 1 — .■• . — 

ive' situations in Berlin and Pales-' 
tine, he had been keeping a care- 



Hilde- 1 instituted in August, 1947. He de- 
others . clarcd he thought there was no 
(Continued on page 62) 

Roosevelt Inn, Theatre 
Part of FDR 'Shrine' 

Poughkeepsie, N. Y., Nt»v.: Ji.-: 



Record Grid Gate 
Despite Telecasts 

Minneapolis, Nov. 9. 
As KSTP - TV rounded out its 
first television football season it 
proved to the University of Min- 
nesota that television • acts as a 
hypo at: the gate rather than a re- 
tarder. As KSTP-TV concluded its 



rrii T "-D Tin.,, *^nU\, nnAiWo tai Ut'l'. rtS JR-O X r- J. V tOIltlUUeU 

«ve 'lliaS I■F^l^lltLrSl ' ^^'---^ ^--' °^ ^ 
cent to the Hyde Park, N. Y., home 



reported an all-time record break- 
ing total of 314,484. 

All seats at $3. .50 grossed the 
university close to $1,000,000. 
KSTP-TV was given television 
rights for ,$1,000 per game. 



RFA I II I IB PIIIfQ TllNF of Mrs. Franklin D. Roosevelt to 

UJUn LlLLlii rLUUJ lUnli include a Roosevelt Inn and sum- 

OF NEARBY RIVAL SHOW ' Sl^„ "^o^^t 

In one of her sketches in "Insicle -^''^^^^^^^ ^ ^^w miles from I ■ 

u. S. A.," at tlie Majestic, N. Y., y^^^.^ upstatei-s have noticed that o •. i ' A 

Beatrice Lillie is now plugging the Roosevelt home has increas- , KaVe'rine OWltClieS UU 

"My Darling, My Datling," song ingly become a national ihrmc, I nno pi i -it n 1. 

hit from "Where's Charley?" the -^^^it ^^^^^^X "^.TZ'^ ShafcO Up BntlSh 

musical comedy hit at the SI, \„,rt;.- t!-,^. TTn-,;,affi .7fihi-.<:nn r.t-n- ' London, Nov. 9. 



Gov. Thomas E. Dewey and po- 
litical experts were not tlie only 
ones confounded by U. S. voters 
last week, when President Truman 
was returned the winner In the 
Presidential election despite the 
belief he didn't have much of a 
chance. American Federation of 
Musicians president James C. Pet- 
rillo and his executive board also 
were crossed up. They had made 
a tentative agreement with the re- 
cording companies for the ending 
of the disk ban on the theory that 
Dewey woul d be elected. And the 
result cost the AFM over $1,000,- 
000. 

It's firmly believed by tradesmen 
involved in the recording situation 
that Petrillo would never; have 
agreed to forego the collection of 
retroactive royalties from the sale 
of disks between Jan. 1 last and 
Sept. 30 had he had any inkling 
that Mr. Truman would be re- 
elected. These royalties, which the 
recording companies stopped pay- 
ing when the APM's disk ban was 
(Continued on page 62) 



Theatres and cafes feel that the 
re-election of Pres. Truman and « 
Democratic Congress may be the' 
first step' in the revival of the 
amusement industry. A workable 
program of price control, they feel, 
may be the factor that will permit 
the average wage earner to have 
enough left out of his wages to 
spend on entertainment. Lack 6t a , 
balance at the end of the week has - 
been the major cause of boxoffice- 
decline all over the country. 

Entertainment entrepreneurs, 
have long seen that prices of food 
and other b a s i c necessities have 
knocked the average budget off . 
base. Luxury industriest including 
theatres, were the first hit; With A 
general reduction of prices, war- 
time grosses may be revived.' 

Entertainment industry spokes- 
man also think that the Pvesident'si 
announced intention of restoring: 
the excess profits tax may have a 
general uplifting effect on theV 
amusement industry's gross take. 
Many feel that major industries 
would rather raise salaries than 
shell out the super-profits In the 
form of taxes. 

It's argued that both these con* 
ditions existed under wartime con- 
trols. As a result, most theatres 
and cafes played to standing room -. 
the majority of times, even if ai 
poor picture and a mediocre cafe 
bill were all that was offered. 

The film industry, particularly, 
stands to profit considerably from 
a revised price and tax program. 
While major Studios were disap- ■ 
pointed at Dewey's failure to get 
the nod from the voters because of ^ 
the adverse effects on the Govern- 
ment's anti-tmst suit, the average 
exhibitor feels that the customer$ 
that have been lost because Of the; 
economic situation will return to 
their former filmgolng habits. This.! 
included one or two nights out, in* 
stead of the present sporadic at- 
(Continued on page 22) 



Berle's Nov. 25 Video Bid 
Keynotes He's No. 1 on TV 



LinLE LIKELIHOOD FOR 
MET ON TV THIS YEAR 

There's very little chance that 
Metropolitan Opera Assn. performr. 
ances v/ill be televised, despite a 
lot of talk and activity on that 
subject. The Met's radio broad- 
ca.sts every Saturday during the 
N. Y. season have become one of : 
the organization's most widely ad-V 
vettised functions, and there's been 
increasing interest in seeing the 
I opera.s on tele. But tele isn't likely 



That Milton Berle has emerged I 
as probably television's No. 1 per- 
sonality was accented last week so long as the Met continues at its 
when Elgin-American tried to ' Broadway and 39th St, emporium. 

says general manager Edward 
Jehtison, 'because of t.he ■ technical 



James, directly across 44th street pje are already building a big road 
from her theatre. She sings several house 
bars of the Frank Locsser tune 
during the skit in which she paro- 
dies backstage maids. 

Comedienne saw "Charley" a 
coupTc of weeks ago and thereafter 
.substituted "Darling" for another 
luiu> she'd previously hummed 
duiing the "U. S. A." bit, 



The Roosevelt Inn would include 
a large private room for semi- 
official occasions when the late 
President's vifc and Elliott Roose- 
velt, who ha\e been more promi- 



Danny Kaye and Sjlvia Fine 
(Mrs. Kaycf) have created a prob- 
lem for the guardians of the Gil- 
bert and Sullivan tradition, 

A copy of Raye!s newly issued 
album of seven Gilbert and Sulli- 
van songs, recorded for Decca, was 



woo the comedian to emcee for a 
$3,000 guest shot. 

Elgin - American is currently 
prepping its Thanksgiving Day 
variety layout for ABC-TV show- 
. casing and was particularly anxious 
to grab oil Berle. 



problems involvedi 

There's no place in the theatre 
to rig up cameras and booths, and 
with seat space at a premium (the 
Met ivas 98% sold out last season) 
the Met can't afford to take any 



nent liereabouts, could entertain specially flown over last week for 
distinguished visitors '.o these the associates of the late Rupert 
Dutchess County environs. I (Continued on page 63) 



Comedian, however, chimed in ' seating space away. Lights and 
with a nix, principally because, as ^ heat are another concern — "thei 
far as video goes, Texaco has an | man who has to be protected," 
exclusive on his services. (Continued on page 63) 



>nSCBIXANY 



^Back to dK People' Pix Urged By 
Jerry Waid m Showmaidiip Pitdi 



By ABE]L GREEN 

"Let's do like Truman ... go 
back to the people for emotional 
Impact." 

That's the observation of Jerry 
Wald, Warner Bros, producer, east 
on business' and a playgoing binge. 
"Audiences haven't changed: the. 
business has changed. There's 
more talent concentrated on the 
Coast than -anywhere in the world 
but ve have lost tlie showman- 
ship touch; we don't know what 
to do \\ith that talent," he con- 
tinues. 

Wald, e.K-New York newspaper- 
man whose aptitude for translat- 
ing' the passing scene to the screen 
ranks with the Hollywood top- 
notchers, has plenty to say about 
showmanship — or rather the lack 
ot it. He liarks back to the lush 
period of the silents and the early 
talkers, and appraises where things 
jire lacking, "There's nothing to 

':^r^^xT.^A'\x '^''-''^ 

"as when we had Fairbanks with Writers Guild arrived m New York 
his swashbuckling, or Valentino over the weekend for conferences 
with his amour-amour department. I ^tj, representatives of the other 



Already? 

Circuit managers have al- 
ready noticed a steadying of 
their business post-Election. 
They don't know whetlier it's 
tlie general stabilization of 
business, following the Pres- 
idential race, but business 
seems to be on sounder foot- 
ing. 

Some of the more enthusi- 
: astie Democrats want. . to. 
kudos President Truman's in- 
fluence as the reason therefor. 



SWG Group East 
On Tele Rights 




This Week's Footbali 



•By MARTY GUCKMAN- 



34l8t Week! 
3i425 Performance! 

All-time tons run i"ecord in the 
legitimate theatre. 

KEN MURRAY'S 

"BLACKOUTS OF 1948" 
El Capltan Theatre, Hollywood, CaL 

And mi«' 111 world-fl iile release 

"BILL AND COO" 

Ken Murray's 
Academy Award Film 



There are no great romantic i 
teams like Garbo and Gilbert. Oc- 



affiliates in the Authors League of 



High Court Nixes 
Lawson Request 
On Jurisdiction 



(St»rt» Dinttat of WMGM, N. YJ 
COLLEGE 

■^ 'EAST' ' < 

*GAMES SELECTION ^P01^TS 
Anny-PennsylTanU Army 13 

Army being compared to wartime Davis-Blanchard 11, 
WiUiam te Mary-Boston College W&M 7 

The Eagles can't match W&M's speed. 
Brown-Harvard , Brown 6 

Brown gets better each Saturday. 
Colffate-Syracuse ^ Colrate 13 

Anything can'happen in this traditional rivalry, 
Navy-Columbia Navy « 7 

After Notre Dame, Michigan and Penn, the Lions will Seem 

like lambs to the Middies. 
Dartmouth-Cornell Dartmouth 6 

Dartmouth is a more veteran array. 
Pordham-Holy Cross rlloly Cross 19 

The Ram is getting better, but not quickly enough. 
Georgetown-Villanova Villanova , 13 

The Wildcats are one of the best independents in the country. 
Rutgrers-NYU Rutgers . 26 

Once upon a time Rutgers was a "breather" for the Violets. 

How times have changed! 
Temple-Penn State State ' 20 

Only Army is a match, for Petchel, Rogel and Co. 
Princeton-Yale Princeton IS 

Princeton is very good now, after a* slow start. 



casionally we recapture it and it's , America on the subject of tele- 
a smash, as vritness Bogart / and [ vision writing. Initial' meeting was 
Bacall in 'Casablanca' or maybe, i^eld Monday afternoon (8)* and 

'ju!;r\vi«rrEii^f^^^^^^ 

nearest combination to the gym- , era! Aays. 

nastic Doug and the leering Val- j Aim of the sessions is apparently Washington, Nov. 9. 

'".^.w"" 1 . « coordinate the ideas of the east John Howard Lawson, one of , 

ture? S Z^'^vS ^bilt'^r^ '^'^ branches of the League's the "unfriendly 10," must make his ' 
used to make. They were modem television committee, which have 1 appeal from his contempt of Con- 
problem or 'society' themes which been studying the subject more or ' gf^gg conviction to the U. S. Court 
were great excuse for fashion less independently for the last six | - Anneals here 
parades, smart folk and glamorous months. Coast contingent includes 1 " " . » , 

backgrounds. Any of those old Sheridan Gibney, SWG president; | The Supreme court yesterday 
Crawford and Shearer pictures, or^Dwight Taylor and attorney Mor-ri8) nixed Lawson's request that it 
themes like 'The Sin of Madelon'ris E, Cohn. Attending the Monday ; take immediate jurisdiction on the 
Claudet,' 'The Wohien,' 'Divorce,' meeting for tlie other affiliates j „^ ^^^^ j 1 . 

'Dancing Lady,' even thfe syn- were Rex Stout and Gilbert Ga- 1 , , ... ^, , 

thctic 'if of Elinor Glyn and Clara briel, for the Authors Guild; A. O. Portant constitutional questions. 
(Continued on page 61) j Goetz and Arthur Schwartz, for j The Hollywood screen writer's ap- 

tlie Dramatists Guild; and I^ee 1 peal in the Court of Appeals has 

S"'",^ ''«?u^'**^'^^"-,f^^'''.u°r been pending for months. He now 
Radio Writers Guild, with Luise V t « 1 i. i. ■ Li 

Sillcox and Evelyn Burkey, respec-i''** ^^""t 10 days to get in his 
tive executive-secretary and assist- i ftnal bri*^^^^ 

! ; While insisto 

tliiie to get these paiiers before the 
tribunal,. La^^'sbn's attorneys piilled 
a surpriise sbtne wtieks back by 
asking the Supreme Court to take 
over the case. This was the move 
which failed yesterday. 
Lawson's is the test case for the 



Sentence Leon Sirit^y 
In French Courts For 



ant, representing the League. 

FLOCK OF SHOWFOLK 
ON THE LAM BY AIR 



SOUTH 

Alabama-Georgia Tech Tech 

Rambling Wreck is out to get even for Tennessee upset. 
SMV-Arkansas SMU 

Mustangs heading for another southwestern crown. 
Georgia- Auburn Georglsi 

Johnny Ranch supposed to be the best passer in the south. 
Baylor-Tulane . . ... Tulane 

The Bears' undefeated bubble burst last week, 
Clemson-Wake Forest Wake Forest 

Deacons are getting better each week. 
George Washington-Duke Duke 

An easy one on the Blue Devils' difficult schedule. 
Florida-Kentucky Florida 

The Kentucky Wildcats have disappointed all season. 
Mississippi State-LSU (nitc) State 

Steve Van Buren's kid brother plays at LSU, but he's not in 

his big brother's class yet. 
Mississippi-Tennessee Tennessee 13 

General Neyland's gang racked up the upset of the south 

against Georgia Tech. 
No. Carolina-Maryland No. Carolina 

The Tarheels relaxed last Saturday but won't again. 
Rice-Texas A&M -Rice 

The Aggies don't have it. 
So. Carolina-Tulsa So. Carolina 

Tulsa has lost the formula. 
Texas-Texas Christian Texas 

Flip a coin to call this one. 
Virginia- West Virginia West Viixinia 

Another of those traditional meetings. 



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III _ 

Paris, Nov. 9. 

Circuit operator Leon Siritzky 

left for the V, S. six hours after a 
court sentenced him to a one-year 

jail term on a charge of collaborat- ^^^^g gj^^^ ^^1^1,5 ^ 

ing with the enemy. An appeal , pj^j^^^ j„ p^^. jj^^ York's 1 10 who refused to tell the House 
from the tribunal s decision pre- , i,;,Guardia airport this week. - In- , Un-American Activities Committee 
vented his immediate arrest. His , Bergman arrived from the whether they were members of the 
confinement was^ ordered alter | ^^.^^^^ Monday (8) for the special Communist party. In the event 
?f"^,^o^^.,'^^^.u°"i^'^^i" i^ ^>^^^ ^^' charity preem tonight (Wed.) of that the Court of Appeals upholds 
his 32 film theatres to the German of Arc" 1 Walter Wanger- Lawson's conviction, he can go to 

film trust through a dummy during ^j^^q, ^he Broadway Victoria the Supreme Court again and ask 
the occupation. theatre. Proceeds go to the United tor a review. 

Sinlzky received 20,000,000 iT„„„if-i. i?,,„,i . I • , 1 n ii j 

francs (then equivalent to $500.- " "l^'nk'aSk «nd his «,it> re L?l?l"'c"^*'"l' °o very day 
000) for thp hmisps anA manured . Sinatra and his wite le- that the Supreme Court was turn- 
uuu) tor tne nouses ana mana,,pci turned to the Coast Friday (5i after jng down Lawson J. Pamell 
to transfer the proceeds of the sale I ,, m v irao«finn m^iaI nh<>,.r.r. ' riu „ r •'• ^f""-" 

to America Claiming he acted I ^ vacation. Meile Obeion, Thomas, chairman of the Un-.\mer- 
lu /vmLiicd. <.idu uio lie «»<.itu 3^^^^ veturnmg Irom a huropean ican Activities Committee was be- 
under duress, the theatre op later , Hntii,.<,r»r>,i thu • j . ■ : , . "7 ^^'"' 
attempted to recover either the ' J^'' llo'^ywoo",.*"*' , mg indicted by a \\ashington grand 
auimpieu lu leuuvei. euuti iJie | ^^.g^^g ^. , begin work in Op- , uiy for navroll naddine Amnni? 
theatres or compensation from , pratinn Maiavo" »nH "t Morriori « il, t pduuiiife. Among 
Philione ^coulon who headsl^ .^„*^t 'he charges against him was Uiat 
cr^T-^?. ."^"t^*"! Communist." both at RKO. On 1 he drew vouchers for nersons aU\ 
SOGtC. the government chain. c-i,,,.,i„„ in\ j i„Aa nar-noii r-c ; 5 « ji *'"">-"«i» io» persons a 1- 
This agency was formed to operate l'^^"'^*^ pamell re- Icgedly working on the committee, 
luis ageiity v%ds I" opLidie , turned to the Coast after a two- ! when no work was ever done 
seized enemy exhibition pfoper- . „ tour of eastern v^t^-g... , " " "'^ ^^"^ 
ties. ... .... 



i>.^f w "n attorney 1 Metopera baritone Set Svanholm i Rniiniliiii nf WuinnA Kw 
Paul Weill filed countercharges planed to England Monday (8) forlKOUnClUp Ol H WOOCl FIX 
against Siritzlo; accusing him of dc- ^ series of eight performances wiUi 
liberately trading with the enemy the Royal Opera at Coventry Gar- 
thus blocking a possible sjirrender Ljens. He then goes to his native 
of former Sintzky properties. The ' Sweden to sing with the Stockholm 
court which passed sentence ui-,opera Company before rejoining 
eluded one Jewish judge in order ■ the Met in N Y 
to circumvent any anti-Semitic al-i ' 

legations." - ^ . .. . . . 

Since the war's end Siritzky has R.-it Ban on Bmi Hppht'<S ,r°\?^ represent 
been operating Siritzky Interna- ""fTT 

tlonal Pictures in New York with' Jojlme ChlldlSh — WlIcOX mand Film Performance in Lon- 
hls sons, Sam and Joseph. The, Ban on pictures written by Ben 'don, Nov. 29. Leaving here on Fri- 

bassador and Elysee theatres. N. Y. , i^ish'' by inrpencirnt produ- ^"!„^r'' ^ ^"^'"^^ ^^^^ """^ ^'''^ 

' cer Herbert Wilcox, who arrived ; Dewolte. 1 

*IIK MnvlnnA' T mn ixtv ^^""^ ^"^'^ ^"^^ v,eeiL Siich a, They will meet Joan Caulfleld in | 

Lul Ifiariene vOmpOSer , boycott, he said, couW only enia- New York and sail on the Maure 



hosps. 



Names Set to Sail For 
Command Performance 

Hollywood, Nov. 9. [ 
Norman Siegcl has rounded up a | 



MIDWEST 

Ohio State-Illinois lUinois 13 

The mini played Michigan to a standstill two weeks ago. 

Indiana-Michigan . Michigan 27 

Wolverine will try to Improve on ND's win over Hoosiers, 

Minnesota-Iowa Minnesota $ 

A rugged affair. 

Michigan State-Iowa State . Michigan State 35 

Iowa State is way out of its class. 
Kansas State-Kansas Kansas 13 

Kansas beginning to come back after Sauer left to coach Navy 
Marquette-Wiscomsin Wisconsin 19 

This is one Stuhldreher's student critics can't criticize, 
Colorado-Missouri Missouri 20 

The "show me" boys were .shown by Oklahoma last Saturday. 

Now they'll show the Buffaloes. 
Nebraska-Oklahoma Oklahoma 26 

The Sooners are winding up as Big 7 champions. 
Northwestem-Notre Dame . . . Notre Dame 13 

Northwestern will probably represent Big 9 in Rose Bowl. 

PAR WEST 

Washington State-California California 14 

Lynn Waldorf, after so many disappointing seasons at North- 
westem, now has two great years on the Coast. 

Oregon-UCLA (Fri. nite) Oregon 13 

The Uclans are dissension-ridden. 

Utah-Oregon State Oregon State W 

A walkover for State. 

Washlngton-USC USC 13 

The Trojans are the second best team on the Coast. 



14 
21 
14 

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Gets Denazification OK' 

Hanover, Nov. 1, 
; Nopman Schnltze, composer of 
"Lili Marlene," has the red light 
to get back to composing. A Ger^ 
man dena/ification court here ruled 
: Sehultze is a minor offender. He 
■ may: not run as a candidate in Gerr 
man elections and must', pay 3,000 
marks costs. , 
Press reports from England said I 
he had royalties running as high { 
as $550,000 awaiting him on Brit- 1 
ish performances of "Lili," but ( 
there was doubt he'd be able to 1 
collect I 



• Continued on page 20) 



Violinsky Says 

Solly Violinsky, songwriter- 
\audevillian who has "laid off 
under four presidents;" not 
counting Truman's second 
term, was at a legit w^hich had 
been roundly panned. He com- 
plained he was ''dying for a 
smoke" but the manager as- 
sured him it was all right, "go 
ahead, the fireman is a good 
feller." Viplinsky demurred, 
"I'm afraid; there's so much 
'paper' in the house." ■ . 



tania Nov. 16. Ronald Reagan will j 
'sail on the Brittanic Nov. 19. Cur- | 
rently in England and waiting to 
take part in the event are Robert ' 
Taylor, Elizabeth Taylor and Myi na 
Loy. 

Almost every British star of , 
note will also be participating in 
the stage show, . which is being 
produced by Jack Hulbert. The 
affair is being held in benefit for 

_ the Cinematograph Trade Benevo- 
lent Fund and the selected film is 
"Scott of the Antarctic," produced 
by J. Arthur Rank. 

I Top admission price is $105. 1 



PROFESSIONAL 
NATIONAL LEAGUE 
Los Angeles-NY Giants Rams 

The Giants must wait till next year. 
Boston-Philadelphia Eagles . Eagles 

The Eagles are the class of the Eastern Division. 
Green Bay-Chicago Bears Bfars 

Green Bay is having its worst season in years. 
Chicago Cardinals-Pittsburgh Cardhials 

The Cardinals have the best group of running backs in the 
„ league in Trippi, Angsmann and Harder. 

Detroit-Washington Redskins Redskins 14 

Sammy Baugh and his Redskins are on the warpath. 

ALL-AMERICAN CONFERENCE 

Chicago Rockets-Baltimore Colts ..Colts 21 

The Rockets are so bad the league may close the Chicago 
franchise. 

Brooklyn-New York ..Yankees 

The Yankees are getting back to last year's status. 
Los Angeles-Buffalo Bills 

With Glenn Dobbs ailing, the Dons are in a bad way. 
San Francisco-Cleveland Rrown,« 

The game of the season. 

SEASON'S RECORD 
Won, 234; Lost, 68; Tied, 8; Pet., .775. 

(Ties don't count! 



14 

21 
7 



f College g^mes are played Saturday unless otherwise stated; pros play 
Sunday unless otherwise stated- ' 

t Point margin represents selector's choice,, not the official gambling 
odds. 



WednMday, November 10, 1948 



nCTIJllBS 



FEW D. C. CHANGES FOR PK BIZ 



NUTS TO POLLS 

Showmen from coast to coast, and in all walks where influ- 
ences of polls and surveys were accented, have frankly voiced 
thanks to President Truman for at least one major contribution, 

By his election Mr. Truman has unroped them from Roper, 
galloped away from Gallup, and he may even roll Hooper, et-;^!., 
down the alley. In short, the vigorous expressions, voiced with 
sudden elation, have been along the lines, "Now we'll all go back 
to the fundamentals and the essence of American industry— ad- 
venture. Nuts to the polls." 

You hear it also in press and publishing, as well as film, radio 
and adman circles. It had gotten so that by means of polls, 
graphs, and surveys they almost rationalized themselves out of 
existence; certainly, at the very least, the excitement and ad- 
venture of daring to do the unconventional became: inhibited 
and hamstrung. 

Showmen, whose daring in formative years got them into the 
importance they now enjoy, no longer seem to dare to do the 
things of their earlier careers. The hazard and excitement, the 
adventure and the daring which propelled them into industrial, 
economic and artistic importance became unwittingly stylized-- 
almost regimented— by blind adherence to "public acceptance." 

We all know the answer, don't we? If you asked the public its 
ideas about making a picture about a drunk- ("Lost Weekend"), 
a priest ("Going My Way") or anti-Semitism ("Gentleman's 
Agreement"),, the answers would have been negative. You dare 
to do, and you get big boxoff ice and Academy awards. That goes 
for Sam Goldwyn'ji dare-to-do with an early postw.ar theme,- in- 
cluding such theoretical tabus as the handless veteran (Harold 
Kussell) In "Best Years Of Our Lives." And it applies right down 
the line to today's films about a deaf-mute ("Johnny Belinda"), 
a psychiatric expoi^tion ("Snake Pit"), and the like. The payoffs 
are obvious. 

Polls have told Hollywood they're strong for whodunits and 
mysteries — and the film cans are surfeited now with these. Same 
was true of muslcaLs but once they died out their comeback was 
a certainty. 

Certainly the Dewey debacle is no kudos for the press corps 
attached to Mr. Truman's campaign tours. Apparently you didn't 
have to be a trained reporter to have noticed something was 
happening — exceptbig that the boys maybe didn't bother to look. 

As for Mr. Truman, whether the 21,500,000 Republicans who 
voted for Dewey like it or not, he is our President until 1952. 
Whether any or all the "fears" about the President's policies on 
labor, etc. materialize, there is this one important beacon for 
' show business — if it means more leisure hours for labor, that 
must redound to benefit of show business. The boxoff ices always 
spurt when there ist more time for entertainment. And, mean- 
time, nuts to polls and back to some of that basic showmanship 
which. In former years, didn't require filing anything in triplicate 
If a showman wanted to go brush his teeth. Abel. 



'Variety PoD Now Finds They'll 
StOI Go on Underwriting Polls 



Despite the shaking of faith suf-+ 
fered by the poll-takers following | 
the Presidential election last week, 
most film industry users of public 
opinion research opined— in a poll 
taken by, Vahiety — ^that they'd go 
right on shelling out coin for the 
sei-vice: . 

Industry execs who scan the 
weekly statistics provided by Dr. 
George Gallup's Audience Re- 
searcli Institute .or by their own 
researchers declared confldeft 



Exhibs Get It Double 

Philadelphia, Nov. 9. 
Film exhibs hej-e, who.se amuse- 
ment tax returns are missing in the 
city tax office scandal, face strong 
prospects of having to malse good 
the funds. Local oflicialdom was 
shaken last spring wJien the sui- 
cide of a clerk in the amusement 
tax division of the Receiver of 
Taxes Office led to tlie discovery 



of an alleged embezzlenieiit of 
tially— that their faith in the polls i $300,000. 

wasn't shaken too badly because I • : 

they never had much belief, in 
them anyway. The ARI figures, 
they explained, serve some limited 
purposes and' there, is no reason to: 
think they won't go on doing so!' 

Such staunch old subscribers to 
ARI as Columbia, Samuel Goldwyn 
and David O. Selznick maintained j 
that the value of the figures lay in 
the individual user's interpretation ' 



Bl Small indie 
Get Ist Brit. Loan 



I'lt^J .P-?"" '^'^ ^--^Inouncod todi^ts^m^r= from 



London, Nov. 
governmept 



9. 
an- 



on as a fcrutch by producers who 
don't know their own mind, it was 
stated, but are valuable in getting 
comparative values of titles, ad 
(Continued on page 24) 

i- C. Stein Out of Hosp 

Jules C. Stein returned to his 
Beverly Hills home over the week- 
end after being away since June, 
West of the time in Europe. Upon 
nis return from abroad last month 
Stein contracted a bothersome in- 
fection which the medicos at Pres- 
byterian hospital, N. Y., finally lo- 
calized, but it caused the Music 
•Corp, of America chairman to re- 
wiain Confined for checkup more 
than a Week. It was diagnosed as 
a form of influenza. 

His wife, Doris, returned west 
^Vlth him. 



the $20;000,000 fund recently set ^ 
up to aid indie film producers. Sir 
Alexander Korda's British Lion 
distributing company received up- 
wards of $4,000,000, while Exclu- 
sive Films, small indie distribution 
outfit, got about .$100,000. 

American companies will not be 
eligible for loans from the 'fund 
unless all of their frozen funds are 
exhausted, it was stated by James 
Lawrie, managing director of the 
government's Film Finance Corp; 
Only one U. S. firm has evinced in- 
terest in such a loan. United 
Artists recently broached the sub- 
ject to Lawrie, but there was no 
formal application. 

Lawrie also stated that he had 
nixed tlie requests of a number of 
other British firms for advances. 
Tlie British Lion loan is based on 
i (Continued on page 18J 



ELECTION RESULTS Remaining 4 of the 'B« 5' Meeting 




F 




Washington, Nov. 9i 
Victory of Harry S. Truman at 
the polls last week will affect the 
film industry on several fronts, 
principally by meaning more of 
the same rather than the changes 
likely to come with a new Ad- 
ministration. 

Specificallyi here is what it will 
mean: 

1. No iidmission. tax reductions 
and probably no changes in either 
corporate; ; or personal income 
taxes. 

2. An end to any hope of the 
Big Four anti-trust defendants 
that if they stalled until next year, 
they might be able to work out a 
better settlement under another 
administration. 

3; No change in the handling of 
the ASCAP case regarding- its 
charge for musical soundtracks on 
films. (The Federal District Court 
actions barring ASCAP from coir 
lecting . from exhibitors / probably 
will go unchallenged by the Gov- 
ernment.) 

4. Gael Sullivan's job witli The- 
atre Owners of America appears 
solid and those who complained 
that he would not :go . so good with 
a. Republican Administration have 
no bag to punch' any more. 

5. House Labor subcommittee 
probes of the labor situation in 
Hollywood will probably be buried, 
although Rep. Carroll Keams (R., 
PaO, chairman of the subcommit- 

(Gontinued on page 24> - 



With Gov t on Breaking-Dp of Vast 
Theatre Chains; Trial Resumes M 



Chaplin Hunts a Femme 

Hollywood, Nov. 9. 
Charles Chaplin is hunting an 
unknown femme to be distaff lead 
in his next .'picture, stilt . untitled, 
which will go into production next 
spring. 

Currently Chaplin is working on 
the script for the picture, in which 
he will star in addition to his other 
chores as producer and director. 



JOHNSmEXECS MEETS 
MAY SHIFT WEST LATER 

Top industry execs, at the series 
of sessions they're slated to hold 
in New York next Tuesday-Wed- 
nesday - Thursday (16-17-18), will 
determine on - the feasibility of 
holding another set of meetings 
with production chiefs on the 
Coast later in the month. If it is 
decided that the studio istanzas are 
necessary or desirable, it is re- 
ported that they will be held about 
Nov. 30. 

Among the items to be taken up 
in Hollywood is closer 



2({th Exploring 
NT Divorcement 



National Theatres preZ ' Charles 
P. Skouras is scheduled to arrive 
at the 20th-Fox homepffice today 
( Wed. ) to begin exploratory talks 
with 20th h.o. toppers on the pos- 
sibilities of divorcing the NT circuit 
from its 20th parent organization. 
Move follows the Government's ac- 
ceptance -Iast'< week of ' RKO plans 
to break down its organization 
into separate . productlon-distribu^ 
tion and theatre companies. 

NT exec John Bertero and treas- 
urer Harry Cox preceded Skouras, 
having planed in from the Coast: 
Monday ( 8 ) night. Sitting in on the 
confabs among the h.o. execs will be 
20th prez Spyros Skouras, veepee 
C. Michel, treasurer Donald 
(Continued on page 20) 



and liaison between the Motion 
Picture A.ssn. of America and its 
Coast affiliate, the Motion Picture 
Producers Assn. Eric Johnston is 
prexy of Iboth organizations, but 
the AMPP operates with Para- 
mount studio exec Yi Frank Fi-ee- 
man as. chairman. It is believed 
there will be a tiglitening of the 
- (Continued on page 62) . 



REVAMP 'ECSTASr 

IN PITCH TO PCA 

Hollywood, Nov. 9. 
Revamped with new dialog, new 
scoring, and a bit of launderihg, the 
controversial Hedy Lamarr . filiUi 
"Ecstasy," is making a pitch for ^ 
Production Code seal, hbt>tng ;fpr 
release in general situations. Old 
teamwork I version of the picture has grossed 



more than $1,000,000 in about 2.'')0 
arty houses but has never gone 
intb widespread distribution. 

Approximately 2,000 feet of new 
film has . been lensed here by 
Gu&tav Machety, producer-writer- 
director, to eliminate sequences 
which have cau.sed censor trouble. 
The new version parallels the 
(Continued on page 24) 



National Boxoffice Survey 

Post-Election Biz Not Smash — 'Song,* 'River, 
'Belinda,' 'Road,' 'Verdict,' 'Blood' Pace Field 

Election Day and return to. nor- 
malcy thereafter is not giving biz 
at firstruns generally the hypo an- 
ticipated.: However^ in. some key 
cities covered by VAniETY, especial^ 
ly in the midwest Farm Belt area, 
a definite uptrend was noted over 
the weekend. Launching , of "Song 
Is Born" (RKOy in some 10 addi- 
tional keys is enabling the new 
Danny Kaye picture to make such 
a strong showing, it is edging into 
top position nationwide, closely io)- 
lowed by "Red River" (UA), Latter 
has been smash for several weeks 
after copping first place last ses- 
sion. ^ 

Tliird plac'e winner is ".Tohnny 
Belinda" (WB) which has been up 
with the " big-money pictures for 
weeks. "Road House" (20th), a new 
entry showing surprising strcn.5th. 
is taking fourth slot. Fifth spot 
goes to "Sealed Verdict" (Par) 
while "Kiss Blood Off Hands" (U) 
is sixth. "Hamlet" (IT), even (bouKh 
roadshowing and in many limited- 
capacity houses, is winding up 
seventli with ".Julia Misbehaves" 
(M-G) in eighth. 

Top runner-up films are "Race 
Street" (RKO), "Night Has 1,000 
Eyes" (Par), "Gallant Blade" (Col) 
and "Touch of Venus" (U) in that 
order. 

Again pacing the new entries is 
"June Bride" (WB), living up 



■ The Government and the four 
major theatre-owning companies — 
Paramount, .20th-Fox^ Metro and 
Warner Bros. — will' attempt ta 
agree at least partially on the dis- 
position of partnership theatres.: 
Federal statutory court will ad- 
journ the main antitrust action to- 
day (Wed.) until Nov. 29 to afford 
the parties time to get together. 
Three'week adjournment will also 
be used by- Paramount and 20th to 
gather ' stipulated testimony Of 
partners in place of their appear- 
ing personally at the trial. 

Request for the postponement 
came at the end of the second day 
of rcrhearings L before the court 
consisting of Judges Augustus N. 
Hand, Henry W. Goddard and Al- 
fred C. Coxe and was Immediately 
granted. Court reconvenes today 
(Wed.) only for a brief stretch to 
permit Warner Bros, to complete 
its defense. 

In the delayed period, the Gov- 
vcrnment and the companies will 
make efforts to -agree on who 
among the majors' partners are in 
the exhibition business or poten- 
tially so. The attempt to fix that 
fact is predicated on the U. S. Su- 
preme Court decision in the cas* 
which Held that all partnership ar- 
(Continued on page 6) 



We6'U.S.B.0.Take 
And 'Red Slioes^ Revises 
Upward Yields to Yanks 

On the strength of U. S. boxoffice 
returns from J, Arthur Rank's 
"Hamlet" and "The Red Shoes" 
plus prospects of additional strong 
product from the British film- 
maker, upward revision of the 
amount of money which will filter 
through to American companies via 
the Anglo-British film pact is now 
regarded as likely. Yank distribs 
stand to benefit because the inter- 
national deal credits the companies 
(Continued on page 18) 



to its pi'omise of last week. It still 
is. sturdy in N .Y. on second round, 
fancy in Toronto and big in L. A. 
"Snake Pit" (20th) hints great pos- 
sibilities on the basis ol its first 
week's showing in N. Y. w li e r e 
sma.sh, despite a general letdown 
on Broadway. 

"Gotta Stay Happy" (U) is head- 
ing lor a nice session on preem at 
N. Y. Music Hall. Despite i,'ood re- 
view.s, "Unfaithfully Yours" (20th) 
does not shape up too well on ini- 
tial date at N. Y. Roxy. "When 
Baby Smiles at Me" (20th) is 
rounding up a big session on San 
Francisco teeofl'. "Dear Secretai-y" 
(UA), another ■ newcomer, looks 
strong in Chi with stage layout. 

"Night Time in Nevada" (Rep) 
is handling fancy trade in Loui.s- 
! ville. "Gallant Blade" (Col) will do 
\ stoutly in only one out of five 
I spots currently. "Velvet Touch" 
I (RKO) looms smooth in Denver. 
' "Hills of Homo" (M-G) Will hit big 
I total in Toronto. 

"Red Shoes" (EL), still near ca- 
pacity in N. Yi, spurted to rousing 
total in fourth Washing round, 
heating third week's figure. "Ah- 
bott-Co.stelJo Meet Frankenstein" 
(U) hit a fine session in Montreal, 
and is okay in Louisville. 

(CoHijjIf'te BoxoSxce Rej/orts on 
Pages 11-12). ' 




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INDEX 

Bills 5.5 

Chattel- 62 

Film Reviews 15 

House Reviews ... . . ... . .56 

Inside Music . 46 

Inside Pictures 22 

Inside Radio 39 

Inside Television 31 

International 17 

Legitimate 57 

Literati 61 

Music 42 

New .Vets 56 

Night, Club Reviews Si) 

Obituaries 6;^ 

Orchestras 42 

Pictures 3 

Radio 25 

Radio Reviews 40 

Records 42 

Frank Scully 61 

Television , .23 

Television Reviews , ■ . 35 

Vaudeville , 52 

nWtX V.llflKTY 

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wXlfaHhl^r^r^^^SV^'^y "O^E'^T CARSON . produced and 
written for the screen by KARL TUNBERG . directed by H. C. POTTER 
A WILLIAM DOZIER presentation 




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PICTURES 



WediMSsdayf November 10, I94ft 



See Revised RKO Theatres' Net 
Ummpred by Enforced Updatim 



KKO's theatre profits which hit* 
$7,023,134 in 1947 will not tie iub- 
fitantially reduced by the enforced 
liquidation under a consent decree 
of the new company's holdings m 
241 partnership theatres. The new 
circuit will be well off, insiders say, 
and the advantageous deal closed 
by the RKO board with the govern- 
ment will put its stockholders in a 
sound spot for raking in future 
dividends. 

Of the $7,023,134 theatre-wing 
profit in '47, only $577,466 came 
from partnership theatres during 
tlie vear in the form of dividends. 
Even this sum is not completely 
washed up by the decree since the 
new company will have the right to 
buy a maximum of 30 houses from 
Its present co-venturers. ■ 

Playing up the relative unim- 
portance of the partner-houses in 
KKO's scheme of things is the fact 
that the company's joint interest 
with the Skouras circuit in 66 
houses of Metropolitan Playhouses 
never brought RKO a nickel in 
dividends. These Skouras-operated 
theatres have been liquidating a 
$6,000,000 bond issue and their 



Name Vaude as Pk 

Hollywood, Nov. 9. 
Indie producer Paul Gordon is 
to do a Aim made up of vaude 
sketches and musical interludes by 
top name entertainers. List al- 
ready includes Judy Canova, Bert 
Lahr, Victor Moore, William Gax- 
ton, Joan Davis, Dinah Shore, JEd 
Wynn, Benny Goodman and Larry 
Adler. 

Gordon's last stint was in co- 
production with George Mo-skov on 
"Concert Magic," Yehudi Menuhin 
starrer now being roadshown. 



RKO IKvorconent 
Becomes Ofidsj 



jnti-Tnist I W Odium's Fffst Reject Rights 
—--"^^ ToMatchHnglies'RKeTlieafreBids 



Ending a. 10-year litigation; 
RKO's consent decrisie -agr*^ 
with the; pepartmeni;:: 
— ----- -- „„„i,, 1 was approved by the N. V. federal 

profits have .been slotted exclu- , ^^^t^t^j; ^^^^ at the onset of the 
sive y to that amorUzatjon. | resumption of hearings in the Gov- 

Biggcst chunk lf.«*.y^^ ernment's anti-trust action Monday 

l'°'^^T^^'^^'^t^^^irh^ \(«^■ The three-man court okayed 

Brims' the decree, requiring RKO to di- 
atres of the Trenton-JJew Bruns- ^ ^^^^^^ holdings, 

wick circuit in wWch Walter Reade presented by assistant 

has the other half interest. RKO ceneral Robert L Wright 

derived $150,000 in dividends from l^*^™^^^ Attorney Gordon 



.E. 

'Youhg'inan. 

YouiiSmah insisted that the court 
approve the settlement ih advance 
1 of hearihg; testiinony oh thf case 
in order .tb rsafeguiird 'K 
liabiUty iii any fiiture exhibitor 
tripi^aunttages suits, if test im^^^ 
WM allowe^i Y^^ 

icoiiis^ht :, d^r^e could be used- as 
prima f afeie 'sivldehce of RKQ's par- 
ticipation . In ^ monopolistic trMe 
practices by exhib lawyers. 

RKO prez Ned E, Depinet hailed 
the fcourt's apliroval of . th^ decree, 
which be said, "will have far-reach- 
ing and, I believe, very beneficial 
. effects on our future. In a short 

court would grant additional time | time," he said, "our theatre com- 
if the company demonstrates good pgny will commence operations as 
faith in efforts to close out the an Independent circuit. I believe 
holdings. Moreover, RKO itself ' 
considers that its right to buy back 
SO hduses.will prove valuable in afr 
fording it flexibility in negotiations. 
No notice of a stockholder meet 



the chain. Its other substantial div- 
vies were $107,000 from SKE Op- 
erating, Ltd., and $45,000 from Col- 
orado Orpheum Co./ 

Gross In '47 ' 

In all, the circuit grossed $45,- 
087,661 during '47. Since the com- 
pany ' preserves intact its first-run 
rabe chain in metropolitan New 
York, one of the two top circuits in 
the area, that gross should not de- 
cline sharply. 

The one-year period for liquida- 
tion of partnership holdings im- 
posed bythe decree is not expected 
to force their sale at a great sacri- 
fice. Industry attorneys believe the 



^SSat COBtlBUCd 

rangements except those In which 
the outside interest was an invest- 
ment one must be broken up by 
the sale of the majors' holdings. 

Plea for a postponement was 
made by Seymour North Whitney, 
Paramount's lawyer, who declared 
he had anticipated the need for 
calling 20 witnesses from ail over 
the country. If the court would 
grant .the adjournment and the 
Governloient would consent to in- 
troduction of stipulated testimony 
instead, the case could be com- 
pleted within one week of renewed 
hearings, he said. Whitney also^ 
first offered to meet with the Gov-- 
vernment to try to agree on what 
theatres must be sold or could be 
kept John F. Caskey, represent- 
ing 20th-Fox. joined in the request. 
He asked the time to eliminate the 
need for bringing in investor part- 
ners for their testimony. Other 
t majors then joined in the plea. 
Estops Any Shifts 
The postponement was granted 
on condition that the majors agree, 
not to expand their holdings or 
change their theatre situations 
during the three-week period. This 
was done on stipulation of the de^ 
fense. Special Ass't Attorney Gen: 
eral Robert L. Wright, Govern- 
ment's chief trial counsel, de- 
manded the agreement claiming 
indie exhibs were urgently press- 
ing for a theatre expansion freeze. 
. No mention was made of the 
possibility of renewed settlement 
talks during the period. However, 
it is considered a possible if not 
likely development. As for the 
Little Three — Columbia, United 
Artists and Universal— they raised 
no objection to the delay. Edward 
C. Raftery, UA attorney, declared 
"we're trying to find a way of not 
putting any evidence in." His com- 
pany would seek only the grant- 
ing of some new findings of fact. 

Entire yesterday (Tues.) after- 
noon was taken up with the testi- 
mony of W. Stewart MacDonald, 
Warners' ass't treasurer. He was 
led by WB's attorney, ex-Judge 
Joseph M. Proskauer, through a 
description of the first-run theatre 
situation in a large number of 
cities. John Paul Curtin, Repubr 
lie's ass't to the sales chief, testir 
Bed briefly on a breakdown of the 
company's bookings during 1943- 
44 season. ■ . 

' Indies' Improved Position 
Both Metro and Warner Bros. 



Thomson Back to SAG 



the consent decree is the only 
way RKO can be assured: of re- 
taining substantially all its so- 
called wholly-owned theatres," - , , 
Depinet said, "Fortunately RKO i tackled the problem , of demon 
- 11- --.i.«:_.w<:i~n «nn..nt.>.4 cfi-ofino thnf thp film Situation hat 



t tU«|i)f( Of Floyd 13, Qd^m, board 
'['i^airtttan <Ct|r^,;:'^^ 
call on Howopd Hughes' controlling 
Hollywood, Nov. 9. {stock interest in the ' proposed 
Kenneth ^'O'^'i;^™^. [ RKO theatre company has chilled 

a number of financial syndicates 
interested ; in acquiring the new 
circuit. Odium, it is now confirmed, . 
has been granted by Hughes the 
privilege of meeting any bid mad* 
for the lattei!'Sv24% isiock in^^^ 
in the ekhibitliift carda 
are regarded as stacked in his •■ 
favor to ultimately .take over the 
theatre company which will be set 
up under KKO's cbtiseitt dielsree in 
the anti-trust suit. 

"It takes the sting out of things 
to know that Odium has first crack 
at the circuit," one theatre man 
put it to VARiETif. Ordinarily, he 
said, his group would make a 
strong bid for piBhifot '*Thei !Wi^^^ 
it is set up, Odliim can sit back " 
and let the others fight it out — 
then take over himself," he added. 

While persistent rumors have 1. 
credited several syndicates, includ- 
ing one headed by Malcolm Kings- 
berg, RKO theatre veepee, and an- 
other of Robert O'Donnell, Para- 
mount theatre partner, with mak- 
ing offers tor the Hughes stock, it 
Is now. understooid that neither has { 
come forward with a tahgibie 
proposition. Moreover, rumored 
price of $38,000,000-$40,000,000 for 
the theatres is believed to be high- 
er than the circuit will ultimately 
bring. :'--'\:\. 

In this regard, book value of the 
chain is fixed at $38,000,000. 
Against this are mortgages and 
other indentures \^hich total $25,- 
000,000. Book evaluation repre- 
sents' highiy conservative account- 
ing practices, and it's said that the 
theatres are worth considerably 
more. But it is not believed that 
the difference between hook, and 
real value is great enough to hoist 
the sale figure to $40,000,000. 



founders and former executive see 
retary of the Screen Actors Guild, 
has rejoined that i^up as admin- 
istrator of the new television di- 
vision. 

In addition to Thomson, the 
current SAG executive staff con- 
sists of John Dales, Jr., executive 
secretary; Murray KinneU, agency 
division administrator; Pat Som- 
erset, assistant executive secretary, 
and E. T. B. Harris, public relations 
director. Since 1944, Thomson 
has been in the agency and pro- 
duction fields. 

'Utde 3' Fears 
M(Hre Exhib Sufts 

Fear that a consent decree could 
be used in evidence by exhibs 
bringing private anti-trust actions 
against major companies has effec- 
tively barred a settlement of the 
Government suit by United Artists, 
Universal and Columbia. Dept. of 
Justice has strongly hinted that it , 
is willing to sign a decree with the 
Little Three incorporating the sel- 
ling restrictions now validated by 
the Federal courts. Non-theatre 
owning companies, however, be- 
lieve a consent would be used as 
proof of anti-trust violations. 

Point was spotlighted when RKO 
this week' obtained an approval of 
its decree from the statutory court 
during hearings.. Gordon Young- 
man, RKO's general counsel, in- 
sisted that the court okay the plan 
without first taking evidence be- 
cause he feared it otherwise could; 
play a part in future treble-damage 
litigation. Court approval without 
testimony eliminated that possi- 
bility, Youngman said. 



will go out until the Federal statu- 1,35 g^J^ce Its organization operated strating that the film situation had 
tory court approves the consent de- I its theatres independently of its ] materialTiy changed to the advan 



production and distribution busi- 
Ned E. Depinet, president of ^ess. We have had a Picture Com 



RKO, in a statement this week de 
clared that the new indie circuit 
would be intact after the decree 
sheared it from the production 



pany and a Theatre Company, and 
from an administrative standpoint 
each has had its own manafionient 

. and staff. For that reason, the sGpa- . 

distribution branch. Depinet said: ration to be undertaken will be a 1946. 

"I believe the consent decree i.i relatively simple one." ' William F. Rodgers, Metro s 

the only way RKO can be assured 1 . — ; .sales chief, analyzed a town-by 



tage oi indies since the first hear- 
ings were held before the three- 
judge bench. In the second day of 
trial (Tues.l, M-G pounded away at 
the result of its competitive bid 
svstem which it inaugurated in 



: town breakdo\*n of bo9kings 



of retaining substantially aU its , . . . 

so-called wholly-owned theatres. ' KKO 111 Lhl btrCSSeS | .show that indies were now obtain- 

It al-so has the right under the de- , TUaafi-o 'n!ofv5l» Anivt .ing " greater slice of M-G's 
cree to acquire without further' lIie<lire-t»IMMU /vpdl l ^ ^^.g^.^^,^ product as a result of 

court approval certain additional 1 Chicago, Nov. 9. 1 bidding m man> situations. Called 

theatres in which RKO and other Appeal from Chicago federal , to the .stand by Metro's attorney 
exhibitors presently have an inter- district court Judge Michael Igoe's John W. Davis, Rodgers declared 
est. Our interest in the theatres ruling last July, in which he held i that Gompetitive bidding had ac- 

which we must sell is in most cases , that RKO theatres and distribution compllshed exactly what the court by the majors' attorneys during the 
that of a minority stockholder and , were one and the same, was made | intended. | initial day's hearings was the ne- 

those theatres are operated by today in the Chi circuit court of' Conceding that the Supreme cessity for full argument before a 



pany didn't even know through 
reading trade papers, Davis added. 

During the opening day's (Mon.) 
testimony, It became clear that par- 
tial divorcement was in . the cards 
for the major defendants. Against 
argument by Proskauer that the 
Supreme Court had left open the 
question of whether the majors : 
were guilty of monopoly. Judge j 
Hand declared that he understood ! 
the high court's opinion as sug- ■ 
gcsting"some liind of divorcement" j 
as a remedy. He spoke in even 
stronger terms against. Wright's 
propo.sal for "total divorcementi" 
to < He termed it an "extreme" meas- 
ure for forcing the Big Four to dis- 
gorge "the fruit of the evil tree." 
But the direction of Wright's argu- 
ment and evidence indicated that 
the Government would continue to 
press for complete divestiture. 



Main point hammered at 1 



others' 



Loew's Bowing Out Of 
Criterion, N.Y., Also Buff 



appeals by RKO counsel Miles _ Court had nix6d the system as 
j Seelev. j compulsory form of selling, Davis 

While admitting that both com- . declared that used voluntarily it 
1 panics are subsidiaries o£ the same voided the Government charge of i be necessary to examine each spe- 
: parent organization, Seeley argued , discrimination. Judge Hand tagged cific case where the Government 
I that the RKO Palace and Grand the evidence as "very good proof" : demands it 



final consent decree Is handed 
down. If partial divorcement is the j 
remedy, they argued, then it will r 



_ i m« I T» ■ i A 1 i theatres here are not leased, con- but whether it has any bearing -on 
rnfti With Par Sind lltherS trolled or operated by the RKO i the question "in view of the Su- 
1 wui fTnu « «i, «•«• wiuv.w, company. To all in-|preme Court decision is another 

Loew's is selling its 50% interest . tents, he said, RKO pictures and , thing." 
In the Criterion. Broadway show- 1 rkO distribs are two separate [ Rodgers said his company had sal and Columbia wanted relief 
case in which it partners with B. ' companies. ! also made a thorough national sur- from the trade practice injunctions 

S. Moss, John W. Davis, attorney j if the appeal is sustained, the 1 vey of clearances. Companj has imposed by the court. Louis Froh- 
for the company, informed the , Palace and Grand would be exempt ' straightened out unfair and ovei- .hch, for Columbia, accused Wright 
Jil, Y. federal court yesterday . from the two-week limitations and ^ long clearances, he added. Ques- of "caUouslv " paving the wav for 
(Tues.l. Company is also liquidat- ] other restrictions of the Jackson ' tioned by Wright on what deter- ' — - ' 
Ing its interest in the Lee theatre. Park decree. RKO distribs also mined whether a bid would be con" 
Richmond, and the Parkway, would be cleared of the charge of sidered, Rodgers denied the Gov- 

Brooklyn. ' being in contempt of the J. P. j ernnient inference that higher ' only take a few tdple"damag*e suits 
Thirteen Buffalo houses which decree. 1 rentals alone were the objective, to ruin each company," Frohlich 

Metro jointly operates with Para- , I in instances, he said, bidding ' said, adding that the final decree 



While the Big Four attorneys 
concentrated their fire on Wright's 
argument for total divestiture, at- 
torneys for United Arli.sls. Univer- 



a film industry "disaster" by his 
encouragement of the "immoral" 
exhibitor antitrust suit. "It will 



STUDIO PUBLICin ORG 

Hollywood, Nov. 9. 
George Brown was named chair- 



mount are being divided into two nn/v,i«T urtnc AMnD 
Independent parcels and split be- BROWN HLADS Afflrr 

tween the two companies, Davis 
said. Liquidation of the chain 
would have proceeded at once, he 
explained, but a third person (.Vin- 
cent McFaid) with minority in- 
terests has asked for a holdup until man of the Studio Publicity Di- 

March so that he can protect his , rectors of AMPP, succeeding John and its' present theatre setup. 



pension rights with Metro. : [ Joseph, who shifts over to the 

McFaul wants to remain as an chairmanship of the publicity di- 
employee of Metro rather than .sell 1 rectors' executive committee. 



rights were granted . because an j must be so worded as not to have 
exhib did not have sufficient prod- a prejudicial impact on the mass 
uct for his theatre. , of exhib-distrib litigations. 

Davis introduced affidavits of J. ] Wright spent most of his time in 
Robert Rubin, company veepee; I trying to introduce exhibits of the- 
Charles C. Moskowitz, veepee and atre ownership structure and al- 
treasurer; and Jo.seph Vogel, thea-|leged "cross-licensing eonspira- 
tre veepee, on the history of Metro ^ cies," The court admitted all the 

I exhibits over the objections of the 



Hundreds of changes'* in runs defendants, but upheld the latter 
have been put through, Rodgers in barring data on the earnings of 
told the court, Davis drew a laugh Republic, Universal and PRC for 



his fractional holdings, according] With Stanley Shuford heading ' when he refused to say whether 1944. The majors' attorneys de- i 

to Davis. Plan of dissolution is out- the eastern committee, both Holly- ' other companies had done likewise, clared they woiild accept such fig- 1 

lined and ready and will be sub- 1 wood and New York groups arc ^ "We don't confer with the others," ures if they had the right to cross- ' 

mitted to the court within the next 1 chairmaned by Paramount exec- attorney retorted in response to a examine the persons who Compiled 

three, 'months. I utives. I question by Judge Hand. His com- them, | 



L. A. to N. Y. 

Eddie Albert 
Barney Balaban . 
Richard Beekhard 
Ingrid Bergman 
Jack Cardiff 
Sue Carol ' ■ 
Morris E. Gohn 
Sam Cummins 
Joan Davis 

Arm and Deutsch . . ■ 
Billy DeWolfe 
Howard Dietz ' 
D. A. Doran 
Peter Fernandez ' 
>Vlctor Fleming 
Paul Fox 

l?etty Furness - 
Sheridan Gibney 
Billy Gilbert 
Harvey Green 
Gladys Hellinger. 
Sonja Henie 
CharlA Hoffman 
Russell Holman 
Jennifer Jones - 
Arthur KeUy 
Michael Kirby 
Berry Kroeger 
Alan Ladd 
Joshua Logan 
Virginia Mayo 
Gene Nelson 
Stephen Pallos 
Leo Robin . ^ 
Dore Schary 
Joshua Shelley 
Steve Slesinger 
Walter Slezak 
Dwight Taylor 
Lee Tracy 
Benay Venuta 
Irving Wallace 
Max Weinberg 
Edwin L Weisl 
Mae West 

N. Y. to L. A. 

Martin Gosch 
Ray Mi Hand 
Ben Thau 

Lawrence Weingarten 
Stanford Zucker 

Europe to N. Y. 

Fritz Busch 
Zino Francescatti 
Fredric March 
Liddie .Murphy 
Pola Negri 

N. Y. to Europe 

Montgomery Clift 
Sir Charles B. Cochran 
Gene Kelly 
Brock Pemberton 
J. Aldcn Talbot 



irednesday, NoveuiiNir 10, 1948 



nCTIJRES 



INDIES ASK SAY IN (TSEAS DEAI^ 



Danny Kaye . . . And*Hamlet' 

There's a lesson to show business and to world relations in 
such divergent Instances as Danny Kaye's grip on the British 
public . . . and th« resounding click In America of Sir Laurence 
olivler's fllmlzatlon (Via the J. Arthur Ranlt Organization) ol 
"Hamlet." 

That's the QED on almost anything and everything as regards 
creating a frontier on art. Show business brooks no drawn lines 
on talent. It has been so for centuries and whatever the friqtional 
nuances of hyper-accentuated Nationalistic restrictions, the pub- 
lic is the final arbiter. - Mr. Truman proved it last week; the 
American public Is proving it with their acceptance of what is 
theoretically a "class" picture, in Olivler's "Hamlet" (and that 
goes; too, for "Red Shoes"), and certainly both the public and' 
peerage In Britain have manifested It anew in the Instance of 
Ka-ye. 

Show business has witnessed all sorts of emotional eruptions, 
Some spontaneous (like Valentino), some synthetically Induced 
(viz., Sinatra), and both, incidentally, quite lasting, no matter 
their origins. But any of these instances is Invariably 100% 
Yankee Doodle Dandy-inspired and perpetuated. You can't con 
the British that way, and even until this summer, as reports 
continued to percolate about what a sensation Kaye was at the 
Palladium, it was difficult to accept wholly until this writer re- 
appraised it for himself. It remains a phenomenon of inexplica- 
ble motivation, excepting that Kaye's click was more humanly 
touching than merely his prowess as a great single entertainer. 
In a lesser measure, the same emotions were struck by two other 
American exports, both legit musicals, "Oklahoma!" first and 
later "Annie Get Your Gun," wherein Dolores Gray likewise cap- 
tured the Imagination of the British public. 

Kaye's career Is capped, of course, by the extraordinary coup- 
ling of this comical kid from Brooklyn with Winston Churchill as 
"heroes" of the traditional Guy Fawkes Day, an historical high- 
light in British annals dating back to 1605 when Fawkes tried to 
blow up the House of Lords. 

Incidentally, not the least bf it is Jack Warner's showmanship' 
in interrupting a shooting schedule — no small item in these con- 
servation days— to permit Kaye's 12,000-mile flight from Holly- 
wood to London and back (within a fortnight), just to appear at 
the annual fete on behalf of the Variety Artists Federation. But 
discarding th6 b.o. hypo and its accumulative values, Kaye, like 
Olivier, proves the show '■biz axiom — give 'em quality and they'll 
buy it no matter where It comes from. Abel. 



lATSE s Walsh Tlirowing Weight 
Into Repealing Taft-Hartley Act 



Richard F. Walsh, IntemationaU 
Alliance Of Theatrical Stage Em- 



ployees president, is throwing his JaCK ilOetZ DaCK at KeD 

weight behmd labor's post-election r 



drive to repeal the Taft-Hartley 
law. Declaring that the closed 
shop in the tlveatrical and film, in- 
dustries had promoted stability 
over the past 50 years, the lA chief 
tagged the T-H law as "an obnox- 
ious thing that should be stricken 
from the statutes." 

Walsh said, however, .that the 
currjnt labor law has thus far had 
little impact upon general show 
biz industrytlabor relations beyond 
being an ''an annoyance." The full 
eiteGt of the T-H clause banning 
the closed shop, if It's still in force, 
will be felt in August, 1949 when 
the general basic . agreement cover* 
ing studio workers expires. The 
major film 1 a b o r contractSi he 
pointed out, were written before 
passage of the T-H law. | 

Walsh's main gripe, however, ' 
was. against Governmental inter- 1 
ference in the operation of the | 
film industry. "When the farmers 1 
or the steel industry run into ' 
trouble they get a subsidy," he | 
said, "but when the theatrical in- 
dustry needs help, everybody tries 
to run It out of business." Refer- I 
ring to the Government suits 
against the majors, Wal&li said, 
(Continued on page 18> 



Jack Goetz, who . previously op- 
erated liis own organization, has 
been named special, consultant on 
laboratory and studio aclivities 
for.: Republic, according to an 
announcement made yesterday 
(Tues. ), by company prez Herbert 
J. Yates. He'll be active 'in both 
Republic and its affiliate, Consoli- 
dated Film- Industries. 

Long associated with Yales in 
CFI, Goetz had been plant man- 
ager of Erbograph, wiiitli the Re- 
public chief merged with two other 
laboratories to form CFI. Goetz 
stepped out on his own in 1930. 




'T 





Indie producers bluntly informed 
Eric Johnston Ust week they could 
not guarantee the cooperation he 
asked with the majors abroad un- 
less they were consulted before the 
Motion Picture Assn. of America 
made Industry-embracing deals 
with foreign nations. MPAA top- 
per retorted that since the Society 
of Independent Motion Picture 
Producers has been without a presi^ 
dent . or executive secretary sincc^ 
last January he didn't know to 
whom to turn to get an official ex- 
pression of indie opinion. 

Exchange of views came at a 
lengthy faeart-to.'heart session be- 
tween Johnston and indie execs at 
MPAA headquarters in New.- York 
last Thursday (4). Repping the 
producers were Grad Sears^ presi-. 
dent of United Artists! James A. 
Mulvey, president of Samuel Gold- 
wyn- Productions; Dan O'Shea, presi- 
dent of David O. Selznick's Van- 
guard 'Films;. Roy Disney* prexy 
of Walt Pisney Productions; Harry 
Kosiner, sales chief for Edward 
Small; and Robert J. Rubin, coun- 
sel for SIMPP. 

Meeting was on a completely 
friendly plane. Johnston called for 
cooperation specifically in three 
terrltories-^England, France and 
iContinued on page 22) 



Selznick'^ Mb Via UA Would 
Ease His $25,000 Weddy Overhead 



ATLANTA BANS 'ROPE'; 
SHOWN IN SUBURBS 

Atlanta, Nov. 9. 
Alfred Hitchcock's "The Rope" 
was yanked last week when Miss 
Christine Smith, Atlanta's film cen- 
sor, banned the Warner Bros, pic 



CIO H.O. Guilds 
Reverse Field On 
Taft-Hartley Law 

Facing a rout from tlie home- 
Office labor field, two; GIO white- 
collarite guilds are reversing their 
field in moves to file the non-Com- 
munist affidavits required under 
the Taft-Hartley law. For the last 
six months, all major companies, 
excepting Eagle Lion, have refused 
to bargain with both the Screen 
Publicists Guild and Scu'on Office 
& Professional Employees Guild 
because of their non-conformance 
stand. 

Initial step towards signing was 



Arnold to File New 
Suit in SWG Fight 
' To Ban 'Blacklist' 

Hollywood, Nov. 9. 

Following dismissal of the suit 
brought against the majors in N.Y. 
federal court,. Thurman Arnold, at- 
torney for Screen Writers Guild, 
has advised the SWG exec board 
he win file an amended complaint 
to quash blacklisting of scripters 
by members of the Association of 
Motion Picture Producers. 

Statement: from Arnold in Wash- 
ington said: "Careers of plaintiffs 
and testimony before the Thomas 
committee must be removed from 
complaint^ but may be introduced 
at trial. Material, essential to our 
cause of action, at which the' de- 
fendant struck, is to be allowed to 
stand, Most important of all, mo- 
tion of defendants to strike is 
otherwise denied. That means their 
demands to have great sections of 
complaint stricken, . as set forth in 
their original motion, are not to be 
complied with. It was these thrusts 
at substantive matter which threat- 
ened the cause of action and these 
have been turned aside by the 
court." 



Judge Says 'Be Concise' . 

i In granting last week the dis- 
missal motion. New York federal 
judge Samuel H. Kaufman gave 
leave to the guild to file an 
amended complaint. He advised 
the plaintiffs to omit as evidence 
the lengthy enumeration of writ- 
ings and plays, telling them to con-, 
centrate on a more concise presen-; 
tation of their e'videnee. 

Suit was filed by the SWG June 
1 under the: Federal anti-trust 
ilaws. It followed the resolution 
I adopted in. N. Y. by the Motion 
I Picture Assn. of America against 
the hiring of any writers with a 
known Communist backgrotmd. 



SWG-AMG AGREE 
ON PRACTICES CODE 

Hollywood, Nov. 9. 
New "code of fair practice" 
formulated by exec boards of 
Screen Writers Guild and Artists 
Managers Guild limits agents to 
10% commission. - Also a.ssures 



for local showing, City Censor I taken over the weekend wlicn the writers proper submissions on their 



Board voted four to one against parent body, United Office & Pro 
film, which was slated to play at fessional Workers ot America, 



5'ox Theatre, Lucas & Jenkins de- 
luxe 4,400-seater. 

Local WB officials made no for- 
mal protest against banning, but 
booked "Rope" into Emory thea- 
u-e, 800-seat suburban Iiouse 
jocated in silk stocking neighbor- 



voted to sign up. At a membership 
meeting Monday (8), SOPF.G also 
voted to conform. SPG is expected 
to follow suit after its exec board 
meeting todaj (Wed.i. The unions 
switclied in order to' get on the 
ballot in several collective bargain- 



hood adjo^-iiTrK- UnivVng elections scheduled for home- 
campus. . [ (Continued on page Z\) 



stories, offers protection from 
agent-producers who might want 
, to tie up a yarn exclusively and 
gives assurance that an agency 
employe mutually agreed upon 
1 will handle scripter's property. 

Code is work of joint committee 
of two organizations. Most bene- 
fits accruing to writers are not in- 
I eluded in present standard con- 
j tracts. 



Sears Held East 

Grad Sears, United Artists prez, 
who was slated, to leave New York 
I for the Coast last week, has post- 
i poned ' his departure until next; 
week. He has been delayed by con- 
fabs in the east with David O. Selz- 
nick, who may have UA do part of 
his distribution, and with Walter 
Wanger, whose pix UA may also 
distribute. 

Ai'thur Wi Kelly, UA exec v. p., 
has returned to New York from 
the Coast. Board meeting may be 
held later this week or early next 
week in the event it is necessary 
for the directors to pass on the 
deals now pending. 

See David Loew 
Joining Sherman s 
hdie Operations 

David Loew, who has been part- 
nered with Charles Einfeld in the 
Enterprise unit for the past three 
years, is reported joining forces 
with Harry Sherman when the Ent 
organization disbands at the end 
of this year. Sherman owns the 
California Studios, which Eiit had 
leased from him to house its pro- 
duction activities. 

New setup, it is understood, will 
have Loew financing indie pro-; 
ducers who work on the Sherman 
lot. Sherman is turning it back 
, into a rental studio. Several other 
I rental studios, notably that of the 
Nasser Bros., have been endeavor- 
ing to get tenants by holding out 
the bait of financing. Loew, prior 
to establishing Ent, had at various 
times participated in adVairicihg 
coin to producers. 

Loew may also produce "Tqn- : 
nessee^s Partner" on the Sherman 
lot. The properly belonged to 
Sherman and was to have been 
produced by him for Ent. He is 
understood to have turned it over ' 
to the unit as part of the settle- 
ment by which he got the studio 
back. Sherman will, also return to 
producing westerns himself. 

DENEAU VICE KUSELL; 
KRAMER LESS ACTIVE 

Selznick Releasing Organization's 
board of directors, after meeting 
Monday (8), announced the resig- 
nation of Milton Kusell, general 
sales manager, from company. Sid- 
ney E. Deneau, Kusell's assi.stant, 
was named by the board to post of 
general manager of domestic dis- 
tribution effective yesterda y 
(Tues.). SRO's total sales force in 
U. S. and Canada will henceforth 
work under Denea'u, one of the 
youngest sales managers in the in- 
dustry. Kusell, in mutual parting 
of the ways with SRO, will remain 
with the company for several more 
weeks. 

Board of directors also set up a 
triumvirate to handle top manage- 
ment of the company's domestic 
affairs. Trio includes Paul MaCr 
Namara, vice-prexy over pub-ad- 
vertising; Leonard Case, treasurer;: 
and Deneau. 

Milton Kramer, board' chaii-man 
I and counsel of SRO, has been 
i gradually diminishing his ' active 
, participation in the affairs of the 
company. One of the reasons is 
his recent election . to the presi- 
dency of The Cuba Co., which owns 
. the only railroad and a number of 
-sugar mill.s in Cuba. Kramer had 
previously served as its counsel. 

In the absence of a top foreign 
exec, Kramer has be^n handling 
that department of SRO himself 
for the past year. Recently. Case 
and Betty Goldsmith, Kramer's 
aide, at SRO, have been directing 
foreign activities in the h.o. and; 
the men in the field have assumed 
J more autonomy. 



♦ Current distribution talks with 
United Artists by David O, Selz- 
nick are part of the general re-: 
trenchment ' plans on which tlie' 
producer embarked about four 
months ago. Selznick's policy is 
to sit out the present uncertainties 
on the domestic boxofflce front- 
and the difficulties of getting coin 
out of foreign markets. 
: Pr'oducer is not only continuing 
his plan of ducldng any new fea-* 
ture filming for the time being; 
but has also shelved' for a couple 
years his scheme for actively get-; 
ting into the television field. He 
had been planning to make shorts/ 
for video, but has come to the con-i 
elusion that it would be uneco- 
nomic until the' revenue potential 
builds. ' 

The UA deal is in a rather tentav 
five state. If it goes through, a 
skeleton force of Sielznick Releas- 
ing Organization execs will handle ; 
sales to important circuits and U-A 
will, peddle the product to the les', 
ser accounts. UA would also handle 
physical distribution of SRO prod- 
uce,: which is now done by a syn- 
dicate of film delivery agencies. • 

The tieup with UA would solve/ 
I one of Selznick's major problems, 
(Continued on page 20) ^ 



UD (Par) Counters 
That SIMPP Toppers 
Must Appear Personally 

Detroit, Nov. 9. 

Attorneys for United Detroit 
Theatres, Paramount - affiliated 
chain, and the Society of Indepen- 
dent Motion Picture Producers 
again clashed this week on the 
question of whether top indie pro- 
ducers must personally come to Dc- 
troit to be queried on SIMPP's $8;- 
750,000 anti-trust action against 
UDT and Cooperative Theatres of 
Michigan. 

New brief was filed by SIMPP 
lawyers against an application to 
examine Walt' Disney, David O. / 
Selznick, Samuel Goldvvyn and 
others, stating that these filmmak- 
ers were busy in Hollywood in ; 
daily supervision of production ac- 
tivities. These producers cannot 
spare the :■ time to make the trip ; 
to Detroit, brief argued. Moreover, 
it is claimed that the producers do 
not. personally know the facts al* 
leged in their complaint. 

Rockwell Gust, attorney for 
UDT, countered with a news clip : 
which showed that Selznick is in 
New York, not the Coast. In a let-- 
ter to the court, he declared that if 
Selznick could take time out . to 
visit Gotham, he could make it his 
business to be in Detroit; 

SIMPP action, filed several: 
months back, charges the two de- 
fendants with conspiring to keep 
down film rentals in the Detroit 
larea. 



I EINFELD CHECKS IN AT 
I 20TH AS PUB-AD V.P. 

I Hollywood, Nov. 9. 

i Charles Einfeld has cheeked into 
i 20th-Fox- and reportedly will ink a 
! contract: as' firm's '.new ad-pub top- 
\ per toward the end of this week. 
I He's currently looking at product 
1 with, it's understood, a view fo- 
rward determining campaigns for 
1 various pix. He'll headquarter 
in New York with frequent trips 
; here. 



Taplinm Joining Up 

Robert Taplinger is - reported 
joining 20th-Fox when Charles 
Einfeld takes over officially as v.p. 
in charge of advertising and pub- 
licity Jan. 1. Taplinger was pub- 
licity chief under Einfeld when the 
latter headed Warner Bros, pub-ad 
department and was pub-ad topper 
of Enterprise, in which Einfeld was 
partnered with David Loew. 

It is also understood that Bill 
Blowitz, Ent publicity head, may 
accompany Einfeld into the 20th 
organization. Exactly what posts 
Taplinger and Blowitz would fill 
is said not yet to have been def- 
initely determined. 



Wedneaday, November 10^ 1948 




COLOR BY TECHNICOLOR 



GENE LOCKHART • Griff Barnett • Randy Stuart 
Directed and Written for the Screen by 

GEORGE SEATON 

Produced by 

WILLIAM PERLBERG 

From a Story by Faith Baldwin 



Wcdnesdar* November 10, 194S 



PICTUUKS 



Aga Khan Cnnpames Cbse Deal 
Wih Ea^ Uon forMlhProd. 



Eagle LioBi this week closed -f 
Us deal with Gamma Films and 
Gestlon et Participation Trust de 
Vaduz outfits controlled by Moslem 
leader Aga Khan, for a joint pro- 
duction-distribution tieup. Five- 
vear pact starts with EL's 1947-48 
releases and covers Italy, France, 
Switzerland, Germany, Austria and 
Spain. 

Under the contract, Gamma 
agrees to. establish a full distribu- 
tion setup in these six countries 
within six months. Outfit will pay 
a minimum for franchise rights 
to EL product plus a percentage 
on revenues. To aid in the payment 
of hard currency, EL and Gamma 
will jointly produce in France and 
Austria at least one picture per 
year for each country. 

Final negotiations followed a 
preliminary survey of Europe by 
H. William Auten, EL foreign dept. 
rep. Alfredo Zappelli, managing 
director of Gamma, and his asso- 
ciates, Ben Barkay and Pierre Cha- 
vennes, fronted for the European 
company in New York huddles. 
Arthui' Krim, EL prejiy; Robert 
Benjamin, head of J. Arthur Hank's 
U, S. org; Sam L. Seiuelman, EL 
export manager; and William 6. 
MacMillen, BL veepec, handled 
the deal for the U. S. company. 



Nat'l Theatres Revives 
Auto Giv.eaway Stunts 

Hollywood, Nov. 9, 
Prewar custom of automobile, 
giveaways will be revived next 
month by National Theatres in a 
two-week splurge to hop up the 
circuit's national sales drive and to 
bolster the pre-Christmas trade, 
usually dull at the boxoffice. 

Gimmick is a temporary tieup 
between theatres and' auto deal- 
ers. NT executives, declare it does 
not mean a return of .giveaways as 
a; regular practice. 

Thirty cars will be handed out 
to lucky customers in the Fox 
West Coast Northern and Southern 
California divisions under supers 
vision: of George Bowser; Similar 
stunts were tried out in- the Den- 
ver, Milwaukee and Kansas terri- 
tories last year during the Chai'les 
P. Skouras Showmanship drive. 



Hospital Honors Blanks 

Des Moines, Nov. 9. 

A testimonial dinner honoring 
Mr. and Mrs. A. H. Blank was held 
at: Raymond Blank Memorial Hos- 
pital here Nov. 3, with staff mem- 
bers, members, of the hospital 
board, guild and. other officials 
presenting both an "honorary doc- 
tor of children''s deg^ee.'^ The 
children's hospital was presented 
to the city and state by Mr. and 
Mrs. Blank in 1944 as a memorial 
to their son, Raymond. 

Blank heads Tri-States Theatre 
Corp. and Central States Theatre 
Corp. here. 



Italians Aggressive Showmanshqi 
A Lesson to U. S. Exhibs-Seidelman 



Film Siiares Suffer 
Comparatively Less 
In Wall Street Slide 

■ Wall ■ Street,' completely fooled 
by its own so-called "seers as well 
as national survey experts, slapped 
down prices as soon as President 
Truman's reelection was certain 
Wednesday (3) as well as on Fri- 
day (5) and yesterday (Tues.). 
There was little strengthening of 
the market after these severe 
breaks/ i Fitm shares . also were 
: caught in the avalanche of selling 
hut shared comparatively much 
better than other industrial issues. 
Most severely hit of these did not 
show much more than $1.50 per 
share loss after the heavy selling. 

Crimp in picture stock values 
came after these shares had rallied 
in October after a long decline. 
Total value for all entertainment 
shares listed on the N.'V. Stock Ex- 
change increased $18,838,924 last 
month but it's estimated tliat the 
recent selling will have wiped out 
much of this gain. 

Odd angle of the stock market's 
action in the 10 days prior to the 
national election (now noted after 
all the pollsters proved 100% 
wrong) is that Wall Street stock 
averages did anything but point up 
a smasliing Dewey victory. Weak- 
ness in the market during the week 
ahead of Nov. 2 hinted strongly 
of a Democratic win, but most mar- 
ket experts blamed this on the for- 
eign situation and ignored the Tru- 
man victory signal. 



EL s Badbg, 
Studio Darkens 



Wanger Would 
Turn Over His 2 
ForEtoMiers 



Walter Wanger has been talking 
with several distribs in Nev« York 
during the past few weeks on the 
possibility of their taking over for 
release: two films, "Tulsa" and; 
"Reign of Terror," which he pro- 
duced for Eagle Lion; It is under- 
stood the- producer is hoping, to '< 
! have one of : the other companies [ 
ante up a sufficient sum to make it 
I profitable for EL to give up the pix. I 
Reasons for- Wanger's efforts to 



Samuelson Heads Philly 
Buying-Booking Combine 

Philadelphia, Nov. 9. 

Stockholders' meeting of the 
Allied Motion Picture Theatre 
Service, Inc. held here last week 
resulted in the election of Sidney 
E. Samuelson as head of the buy- 
ing and booking combine. Other 
officers: named: Elmer Hollander, 
veepee; Cecil Felt, treasurer; .Al- 
bert M. Cohen, secretary, and E. B. 
Gregory, financial secretary. Some 
nine directors were alsO; elected; 

Board approved expansion plans 
for the service. With 17 theatres 
now subscribers to Allied, several 
additional exhibitors have sub- 
mitted applications to enter the 
fold^ These applications were also 
discussed by the directors. 



Duals m Canada 
On the Downgrade 



;"'■■■:;"■■■;: Ottawa, Nov. 9. 
While doul)le f eaturtfsi are more 
„ ..TO recapture the films are beclouded , than holding their own in the U. S., 

Hollywood, Nov. 9. i m conflictmg explanations. Ac- ' , , iu 
Eagle Lion, with the biggest cording to the producer, he feels ' P""'^^ definitely on the 

backlog of unreleased films stacked that one Of the other distribs might ! downgrade in Canada. Figures re- 



up in its young history and with 
I no new scripts ready for produc- 
tion at this time, shutters its 
studios at the end of the week 
! until the middle of January. Only 
EL prez Arthur Krim and a few 
department heads will stay on the 
job, with . the rest of the: studio 
personnel, including some 150 key 
execs, taking a temporary layoff. . 

EL's backlog now comprises 15 
high - budgeters, including both 
studioiinade product and .1. Arthur 
Rank films, plus some 10 low-cost 
pix and six western.s-. With many 
of those scheduled for release duri 
ing the next six weeks, the studio 
shutter won't affect the homeof- j 
fice. since the sales and ad-pub- I 
licity departments will still have | 
to sell those. 



be able to get more coin put of the j leased by the government's annual 



u"? ! statistical survey of the film indus 

try here disclose that double bills 
cohstituted 53% ill filA per-: 
foripahces; Ih i947,;as..against 57% 
in 1946 and 59% the; previbus year.; 

Governiiient ■ S titi sties also 
showed the boxoffice take In Cana- 
dian theati-es for 1947 hit a record 
$78,684,000, up 5% from 1946. Of 
last year's gross, $15,819,000 went 
back to the government in amuse- 
ment takes. . Increased admission 
prices; apparently itad niHch ; to , do 
witjb i)te peiik gross, since attend- 
aitce dropped from 22'7;53S,600 to 
220,857,000 last year. 
A'verage admission price in 1947 



Proximity of the holiday season | percentage participation. It was 
also- figured in EL s decision to i ^^^^ ^jj^j "Tulsa" cost $1,650,000 
close down, according to company | gnd "Reign of Terror" $1,000,000, 
spokesmen. With Armistice Day, : jjoth over budget. 
Thanksgiving, Christmas and Neyi^ | Qj-ad Sears, United Artists prexy. 
Year's coming up, the shutdowns viewed "Terror" last week and is 
for each holiday would tie up pro- I giatgjj to see "Tulsa" this week, 
duction too much under EL's . jje expressed himself as Interested 
shooting methods, so it was de- I i„ t^^,^ ci^^ g favorable deal 
cided to shutter . for the entire i jjg vvorked out with EL. 

period. About Seven new scripts | 

are expected to be ready by the | 
lime the Studio reopens and 
cording to EL, it will be more 
economical to put most of those 
.seven into production at once in 
stead of 
time. 



him a bigger sum as his end of the 
profits. . 

Spokesman for EL declared that, 
in the first place, the company had 
lull rights to the pictures and had 
no intention;<of giving them up 
unless it got an excellent deal. Its- 
explanation of Wanger's desire to 
get them back is that the producer 
on previous pictures had gone over 
budget. As a result, the contracts 
for "Tulsa" and "Reign of Terror" 
contained ; a penalty clause by 
which Wanger's participation de- 
creased for each dollar the produc- 
tions topped the original estimate. 

Becau.se of this, the EL explana- 
tion goes, Wanger desires to have j was 28V&C (not including tax), as 
the pix disM-ibuted by another com- 1 against 26.3c the year before. Box- 
pany which would give him his full i office- take was a record $6.30 per 

capita, as against $6.15 in 1946. 



PAR ACCELERATES BUYS 
OF OWN COMMON STOCK 

Paramount shelled out a record 
SSt-jO OOO during the month of Octo- 
ber in buy-ups of its own stock on 
the open iiiarket to push its shrink- 
age-of-capital program into high 
gear. Acquisition of 40,500 shares 
of Par common during the 31-day 
stretch represented, by a good mar- 
gin, the biggest operation by the 
company since it renewed its policy; 
in ,luly of this year after a tem: 
porary halt, : 

Par has now deposited in its 
treasury a total of 706,333 shares, 
or more' than 10% of its entire 
authorized stock. At present mar- 
ket prices these Shares are worth 
some $15,500,000. In addition, it 
has forked out close to 200,000 
shares tor the acquisition of Lib- 
erty Films and Rainbow Produc- 
- tions. : 

Indicating the speedup in buy- 1'" 
ups is the fact that in September, 
company picked up 32,500 shares, j 
Tlii.s in itself was a- steep, boost ' 
over AuRust, when the total was' 
22,200 shares, In .Tuly, Par bought 
31,000. 

It's expected that Par will hop 
onto the current break in prices 
whu'h followed reelection of Presi- 
dent Truman. It affords the com- 
Pan.v an opportunity of acquiring 



Rocky Mt. Indies Salnte 
U's Tair-Minded' Tactics 



strong campaign waged by Al- \ Promotion comes after being with 
lied Rocky Mountain Independent j EL^for an eight-month^stretch. 

Theatres against certain Universal I 



CANT SEE ANY YANK 
PROFIT OUT OF FRANCE 

. After surveying the French scene 
oh his swing through the Continent 
which ended last vt^eekend, Joseph 
H. ;: Seldelmah, Uhiyersal's foreign 
dept. chief, is convinced that the; 
majors Vftll make no liiopey otit of 
their operations in Jlrartce ; under 
the; : pact made with ' that country 
in August. 

tapped for the previously unfilled I Y.,^trfnSi"fn"i i^^f^^f^ioi^lliC 
post of general- sales manager of ^»"'^'' ^ "f 121 pix 

Eagle Lion by the company^ dis- I ^^^'^'^cl" ^, ^"'1^^ 
tri button veepee William .1. Heine- ! Seidelman noted. No com- 

man. Schlaifcr immediately steps P3"y. he said hmiled to 11 films 
up one notch from his prior job i f » P™fit 

of being assistant to Ileineman. ! yf^/"' Volume of busines^^^ 

-. ■- ' the strict limitation will not permit 



^ Jack Schlaifer Steps Up 
As Eagle Lion Sales Mgr. 

■oliing only one film at a ! l. j. (Jack) Schlaifer has been 



Newly-named exec will supervise 
domestic sales under ;;Heineman 
who heads both U. S. and foreign 
distribution. Schlaifer came to EL 
from his post of sales director for 
Allied Artists-Monogram in which 
he served during the previous two 
years,- Prior to that he was cen- 
tral sales manager for aothrFox 
from 1943 to 1945. 



sales tactics in the Denver area 
produced results for its member- 
! exhibitors, according to .ARMIT's 
.current bulletin. Ina.snnich as U's 
1 reps were "fair and opon-minded" 
in appraising the variou.s situations, 
' ARMIT is now waving the olive 
.iiranch and "urges every indepen- 
! dtfit exhibitor in this territory to 
I get together with Universal" _^ . 

With U's western division sales 
I manager Charles Feldman and dis- 
' trict manager Foster Blake thresh- 
ling out individual problems in a 
ilong session at ARMlT's office, the 
1 theatre men's organization feels , . 

that a "great deal was accom- , named to 

■ plislied " Bulletin thank.s U s emis- 1 of hjs home company, 

■ san -s for thoir visit and also laud's 1 ad-pub chief to act in that capat;ity 
Uie company's sales chief William ' is Nate Spingold, veepee 



it since costs of distribution 
currently so liigh in France. 



are 



N.Y. Palace's Circasing 
Of 2 Oldies Spefls B.O. 



-4^ The American film J n d u s try. 
I might well tear a leaf from tha 
Italian book of tricks when it comes 
to ballying pictures and "getting 
back to showmanship." according 
to Joseph H. Seidelman, Universal's , 
veepec in charge of foreign;. Most.;; 
impressive discovery Seidelman 
made in his trip to Europe was the 
'intense and ingenious ways in V 
which the Italian exhibitor is suc- 
cessfully exploiting American ., 
films," U's biggie declared on re- 
turning overthe weekend. 

Business in Italy for American 
films- has been amazingly good,; 
Seidelman said, Italian theatres in 
the past year absorbed 725 Holly-- 
wood-made features, or double the 
number of -yank .films taken on an- 
nually by American theatres. In 
gross billings, revenues in lire to / 
American distribs are up some- 
20% in the Italian market. 

"Literally every empty space ia : 
Italian cities . is blanketed : with . 
handbills blurbing American films," 
he said. "While competition on 
A m e r i can films is particularly 
keen, there is. a terrific drive by ? 
Italian theatre operators to pro- 
mote attendance of patrons. In \ 
Italy, the film business has-re- 
turned to, showmanship. . 
; Where billboards - are not availr . -, 
able,; exhibs have turned to novel , 
and ett'ective ways of selling pic- 
tures, Seidelman said. "In Milan, . 
for instance, I saw an exhibitor 
using four bikes to carry a bill- 
board on wheels throughout the 
city.: Posters are carried by sand- 
wieh-men to tell the people there's 
a .<;how going on. Any and every- 
thing is being employed to get out 
the customers." 

In Genoa, according to: Seidel- 
man, there is such a demand for 
American product that theatres are 
stamp^eded: by milling. crowds. "One 
exhibitor practically collapsed be- 
cause of the crowds," he said. "Ho: 
was holding his head in his hands 
and when I spoke to him, he re- 
plied: '1 can't stand it anymore. 
There are simply too many people 
to handle.' " 

The hustling Italian theatremen - 
have turned to an old device usedV^ 
by the Japs in days past, Seidell 
man went on. Because theatres are 
too small for ' the crowds, some of 
the- audience stands ' behind the; 
screen to view the picture from th^ h 
reverse position. 

"Italy was the highlight of my 
trip, there can be no question about 
that," he said. "The exhibitors 
have built up from the groundi 
They have gone back to work and 
the result is apparent in good busi- 
ness. They don't- sit back and read 
the reviews to see -if the critics like 
a film." 

France,- on the other -hand»' 
seemed apathetic,: avers Seidelman. 
Concern over government develop- 
ments and insecurity over the fu- 
ture generally has taken its toll o'f 
the film business, he explained. 
Nonetheless, production of native 
product is going on in volume de- 
spite high costs and the uncertainty 
of profits. 

Seidelman is no longer con-, 
cerned over the possibility ot 
German-made films being exported; 
to the U. S. and elsewhere. He be-, , 
lieves the American military gov- 
ernment has tightened its super- 
vision over story properties and 
treatment. Consequently, he sees 
little present danger of German piii: 
being used as propaganda for a'; 
pan-Germanic movement. Previ- 
ously, he fought proposals to per- 
mit Teuton-made pix to be sent 
overseas. 



Youngstein on EL Board 

Max Youngstein, Eagle Lion's 1 i 
i-pub veepee, assumes a role rare i 
for a publicity topper in the film ; 



THAU RETURNING WEST, 
SCHARY EN ROUTE EAST 



A. Scully "for his consideration 
! which we feel prompted. the nieet^ 



> With chance of garnering ihore 
■ than $53,000 in its first two weeks, 
I reissue combo of ''Last Days of 
I P'ompeii" and ''She" not only has! 
I been attracting people to the Pal- 
, ace, N. 'V., in the last 10 days, 
but has become a live, topic in the 1 

ad-pub veepee, assumes a role rare I ^fl^f reSririS^S, 'Z \ 

business. Youngstein has been *00 ih first week ended j ^etro studio exec Benjamin 

the board of directors last Friday (5), over hopes, and Tf^gy ^^^o's been huddling at the 
Only other ; "easily a r.ew record under current j h^^g^jfi^^ ,a3t 10 days With 
policy at theatre. No show like it ■ ^-G prez Nicholas M. Schenck and 
at Palace has drawn the weekend ! other h o. officials, is slated to' re- 
crowds as these two reissues since turn to the Coast today (Wed.) or 
Smbad the bailor" played there 
firstrun two years ago, ' 
Vs^hile not haying the benefit of 



at Co 

lumbia. 

Youngstein and Spingold along 
with Howard Dietz of Metro and 
Mort Blumenstock of Warner Bro.s. 
" I are the four publicity heads of pix Election Day crowds, second week 

rw Poecac Pair i companies to hold down the title of "Pompeii 

%^n\ rasbcb i au ' of vice-president. Charles Einf eld, $21,000, plenty big enough to keep 

Chicago, Nov- 9. , when he inks at 20th^Fox, becomes the pair there a third session. Ani- 
Chi cen.sor board gave pink tick- ^j^g fif^j, mated lobby, with volcano in action 

ets to 20th-Fox's "Snake Pit and i __ — | attract passersby and compre- 

Universal's "Kiss the Blood Ott , jYlbany Tent to Honor Smakwitz i hensive circusing ot the two pic- 
My Hands" in ; session here last . Albany. I tures .has spelled thi.s big trade, 

week. Charles A. Smakwitz, recently '. ""^^^^ 



here last 

L . ' Charles A. Smakwitz, recently 
-<snakp Pit." opening at B&K's promoted to zone manager of War- , • — . . , . , 

rnirh'k theatre Nov. 11, is set for ner l°ieatres upstate, vvill bo hon- t>^o rei.s.sues has resulted in equal 

-- Ga*"'-'^ H^*^*"''^I;b,„„J" h,, ir,ri«t!. rinh .nt .wlinn^.- ly .sen.sational business 

stock at what hiay turn out to be eight weeks. Blood 
bargain prices. RKO Palace Dec. 1. 



Thau di.scussed with Schenck 
veepee-treasurer Charles C. Mosko- 
witz and veepee J. Rol)crt Rubin 
She" look?lo better ! next year',s production schedule. i 
M-G production exec Dbre 
Schary, meanwhile, arrives from 
the Coast Monday '15 ) to continue , 
the huddles. Schary will also hold 
confabs with eastern studio and 
story department representatives 
type of campaign on the.se [ in order to establisli a closer liaison 

between those offices and the stu- 
In 



Bi^nrt" hows at the "nreri hv Variety Club at a dinner .sensational business opening , dio. He's expected to remain 
Blood bows at °[«°Xnj;«[f^;>ntry a week in Chicago. New York about two weeks. 



10 



Wednesflay, November 10, 1948 



*f ILLtM UPl 




M.&M t>retento Alexandre Dumai' "THE THREE MUSKETEERS'* 
Stifring LANA TURNER, GENE K^LLY, JUNE ALLYSON, VAN 
HEFLIN;ANGELALANSBURY,FRANKMORGAN,VINCENTPRICB 
KEENAN WYNN, JOHN SUTTON, GIG YOUNG . Color by TECH- 
NICOLOR • Screen PUy by Robert Ardrcy • Directed by GEORGE 
SIDNEY • Produced bv PANDRO S. BERMAN • An M-G-M Picture 



fill *en up af 

TMANKSGIVINO.'" 

(The State, N. Y.' record-breaker, a 
•imultaneout Thanksgiving ien«alionl) 




'Fill 'efn up af 
CHRISTMAS/" 

f Next at Radio City Music Hall and 
America's perfect Xmas show!) 



M-G'M presents "HILLS OF HOME" . Starring EDMUND GWENN 
DONALD CRISP, TOM DRAKE, JANET LEIGH, and LASSIE • Ctolor 
by TECHNICOLOR • Original Screen Play by WiUUm Ludwig • Sug- 
gested byTbe Ian Maclaren Sketches "Doctor oC the Old School" • Directed 
by FRED M. WILCOX . Produced by ROBERT SISK • An M-G-M Picture 




M.G'M presenu "WORDS AND MUSIC" • Starring JUNE ALLYSON 
PERRY COMO, JUDY GARLAND. LENA HORNE, GENE KELLY 
MICKEY ROONEY, ANN SOTHERN with Tom Drake, Cyd Charlsse 
. Betty Garrett, Janet Leigh, MarshaU Thompson, Mel Torme, Vera-Ellcn 
Color by TECHNICOLOR • Based on the Lives and Muiic of Richard 
Rodgers and Lorent Hart • Screen Play by Fred Finklehoffe • Story by 
Guy Bolton and Jean Holloway • Adaptation by Ben Feiner, Jr. * Musical 
Numbers Directed by Robert Alton . Directed by NORMAN TAUROO 
Produced by ARTHUR FREED . A Mctro-Goldwyn-Mayer Picture 

'RH 'em up all year 'round" 



'Till 'ew up' af 

NEW yCARS/" 

(Happy New Year at Radio City 
1 Music Hall and across tlie nation!) 




Vedncaday^ ,MovemIi«r 10^ 1948 



Rain lite On Kz; Ink ^pots, Lorre 
M 'Road House' to Fancy $55j 

'Slie'-ToinpeiiWowofWeek,$28, 



PICTURE GROSSES 



11 




Chicago, Nov. 9. 

Despite week of rain and fog, 
boxoffice take is holding up. nicely 
with five new bills and seven holdi 
overs. "She" and "Last Days of 
Pompeii" at Grand is surprise win- 
ner of week, with bearded reissues 
-breaking attendance mark. House 
average is $9,000 for reissues, but, 
this pair may hit huge $28,000. 

"Dear Secretary" with Bobby 
Breen topping stagesliow is strong: 
$50,000 at Oriental. "Road House" 
plus Ink Spots, Peter Lorre shapes 
big $55,000 at the Chicago. "Race 
Street" is fast $25,000 at Palace. 
•'Gallant Blade" looks sharp 
$16,000 at Roosevelt. 

"Johnny Belinda" leads hold- 
overs with excellent $26,000. in sec- 
ond week at State-Lake. "Song Is 
Born" at Woods, slill looks fancy 
$18,000 in third week. 

Estimates for This Week 

Appolo (B£K) (1.400; 50-98)— 
"Hangmen Also Die" (Indie) and 
"Blockade" (Indie) (reissues) (2d 
wk). Okay $9,500. - Last week, 
better than- expected at solid 
$11,000. 

Chicago (B&K) (3,900; 50-98)— 
"Rojid House" (20th) With Peter 
Lorre and Ink Spats onstage. Big 
$55,000. Last week,; ' '^Apartment 
for Peggy" (aothj With Mickey 
. Rooney p;a. f2d wk), great $47,000. 

Garrick (B&K) (900; 50-85)— 
"Untamed Breed" (Col) and "Rac- 
ing Luck" (Col) (2d wk)> Mod- 
erate $7,500. Last week, nice 
$9,000. 

Grand (RKO) (1,500; 50-98)— 
"Last Days of Pompeii" (RKO) and 
"Slie" (RKO) (reissues). Terrific 
$28,000. Last week, "Secret Land" 
(M-G) and "Variety Time" 
average $10,000. 



Grosses 



Estimated Total Gross 
This Week . . . $702,500 

(Based on 18 theatres) 
Last Year . . $676,000 
' (Ba$ed on 22 Uxcaircs) 



preraS»|| 
h Cincy, $18j 

' ^ , ' i , ,.' , Cincinnati, Nov. 9. ,, ■." 

General take .of downtown 
houses ; : continues Velvety this 
round in face of stiff ot>position 
from annual 5 - day Firemen's 
Vaude Show in the indie Taft and 
the third yearly "Holiday on Ice" 
date in Music Hall." "Red River" 
is tops • curtently and nearing 
Keith's high mark for year. "A 
Song Is Bom" is rousing at the 
big Albee. 

Estiinates for This Week 
Albee (RKO) (3,100; 50-75)— 
"Song IS Bom" (RKO). Lilting 
$15,000. Last week; "Spii-ituaUst" 
(EL) plus Three Stooges, others, 
on stage, at 60-94e. scale, nice 
$2i,000. 

; Capitol : (RKO) (2.000; 50-75)— 
Julia ' Misbehaves'' (M-G) (2d wk). 
Satisfactory; $8,06a after rollicking 
$15,000 preem. ' . 

Grand (RKO) (1,400; 50-75)— 
•'Cry of City" (20th). Modest $8,000 
(RKO), in 9 days. Last week. "Love of 
Mary" (G), week $4,500 in 5 days. 

' Oriental (Essaness) (3,400; 50-98) ' ^^""'T''^",? ' 'I'^'^^V^S;''?' 
-"Dear Secretary" (UA) and Pee ' -^ed River" (UA). Smash $18,- 
Wee Hunt, Bobby Breen, Jon and , O?" ^"P t?^" a""* '^•"^e^ to the- 
Sandra Steele on stage. Strong | ^^^^ " '"^'^ this year. Holds. Last 



'EtiI^ Good $16,000 Jont'I 

Montreal, Nov. 9. 

Too many holdovers are slowing 
up boxoffice returns this week. 
Paramount's "Evil My Love" 
shapes okay. "Lady in Ermine" 
looks trim at Palace. 

Estimates for This Week 

Locw's (C.T.) (2,855; 40-65)— 
"Date with Judy" (M-G) (3d wk). 
Nice $14,000 after $15,500 in 
second. 

' Capitol (C.T.) (2,412; 34-60)— 
"Evil My Love" (Par), Okay $16,- 
000. Last week, "Black Bart" (U), 
$13,500, 

Palace (C.T.) (2,625; 34-60)— 
"Lady in Ermine" (20th). Trim 
$16,500: Last week, "Blandings 
Dream House" (SRO), $14,600. 

Princess (Q.T.) (2,131; 34-60)— 
"Meet Frankenstein" (U) (3d wk). 
Fine $11,000 following strong sec- 
ond week at $13,600. 

Imperial (C.T.) (1,839; 26-45)— 
"The Search" (M-G) and "Close- 
Up" (EL). Good $8,500. Last 
week, "Return of Bad Men" (RKO) 
and "Gentleman Nowhere" (Col), 
$6,200. 

Orpheum (C.T.) (1,040; 26-45)— 
"Canon City" (EL) and "Singing 
Spurs" (Col) (2d wk). Fast $5,500 
after sock $7,000 first week. 



N.Y. Spotty; 'Ve^l^ct-LaiH^Wald Plus 
Haines Tafl $90,000, Tit' Smash iiOG. 
Tours'-Hayes-Healy-Cole Fair 90G 

Broadway film business is only I —"Sealed Verdict" (Par) with 
fair this week despite six new bills, Frankie Laine, Connie Haines, 
strong entries being the exception Jerry Wald orch topping stagebill 
rather than the rule. Election Day, (2d wk). Initial holdover session 
Nov. 2, did not prove as big as ex- starts today (Wed.). First week of 8 
pected and a desultory tone set in I days registered big $90,000. la 
shortly thereafter. Rain last Thurs- ; ahead, "Night Has Thousand Eyes" 
day (4) put a crimp in newcomers i (Par) plus Vic Damone, Tony Pas- 
and extended runs alike. A return ' tor orch (3d wk-5Vi> days), $42,000. 

^oS 'rThe XeSce Tan; P^'" Avenue (U) (583; $1.20- 
wrupsurge last weS 'U) (7th wk). 



Failure of several new pictures 
to shape up as strongly as expected 
plus the offish general tone is 
prompting several deluxers to re- 1 stay1?"of tTourSe 
shuffle bookings while other spots | Ra^io City ittusic Hall (Rocke- 



Sixth round ended la.st (Tues.) 
night was better than $16,000, close 
to capacity, <ifter $17,200 for fifth 
session, Mded by extra matinee,^: 



'Soi%' Standout 
In Babo, $14, 



are just coasting . u n 1 11 colder 
weather arrives. 

Rivoli, Paramount and Mayfair 
shape strongest with their new 
lineups. "Snake Pit," at Riv, is 



fellers) (5,945; 80-$2.40) — "Gotta 
Stay Happy" (U). Krst week end- 
ing today (Wed.) is hitting only 
$125,000, disappointing since it's 
below recent: opening weeks. . Last 



heading for smash $60,000 or near, ' week, "Julia Misbehaves" (M-G) 
high crix appraisal helping. | (4th wk), okay $120,000 albeit a bit 



out 



"Sealed Verdict" with Frankie i below hopes and rounding 
Laine, Connie Haines, Jerry Wald ' highly profitable run 
"'^} °2SJ?I^A '-^ bringing the Par J Republic (Brandt) ' (1,000; 35-90) 
a big $90,000 m first eight days, i —"Roosevelt Story" (UA) (2d run). 
^L^^^. stout trade ; Cashing in on revived interest in 

at $45,000 at Mayfair. But the i New Deal indicated by election last 
Roxy, with "Unfaithfully Yours" , week, this looks to land good $9,500 



$50,000. Last week, "Luck of 
Irish'! (20th) plus Jane Powell in 
person i3d wk), solid $36,000. 

Palace (RKO) (2,500; 50-98)— 
"Race Street" (RKO). Fast $25,000. 
Last week, "Station West" (RKO) 
(2d wk), $17,000. 

Roosevelt (B&K) (1,500; 50-98)— 
"Gallant Blade" (Col). Sweet $16,- 
000. Last week "Cry of City" 
(20th) (2d wk), $12,000. 

State-Lake (B&K) (2,700; 50-98) 
—"Johnny Belinda" (WB) (2d wk). 
Solid $28,000. Last week, smash 
$33,000. 

Surf (Indie) (650; 85)— "Mikado" 
(U) (reissues) (4lh wk). Nice $2,500. 
Last week, $3,000. 
: United Artists (B&K) (1.700; 50- 
98)— "Sealed Verdict" (Para) (2d n AI - T ' D,.*>L* 
wk). Fair $10,000. Last week, , frOV. mA, tyCS Drigbt 



week, "Innocent Affair" (UA), par 
$7,500. 

Lyric (RKO) (1,400; 50-75)— 
"Apartment for Peggy" (20th) 
(m o), 4 days; and "Slave Ship" 
(20th) , and "Rose Washington 
Square" (20th) (reissues). Mild 
$4,500. Last week, "Secret Land" 
(M-G) and "Variety Time" (RKO), 
sturdy $6,000. 

Palace (RKO) (2;600; 50-75)— 
"Station West" (RKO). Moderate 
$11:500. Last week, ".lohnny Be- 
linda" (WB), fine $14,500. 

Shubert (RKO) (2,100; 50-75)— 
"Johnny Belinda" (WB) (m.o.). 
Solid $6,000. Last week, "Apart- 
ment for Peggy" (20th) (m.o.), okay 
$5,500. 



$12,500. 

Woods (Es.saness) (1,073; 98)— 
"Song Is Born" (RKO) (3d wk). 
Fancy $13,000. Last week, sweet 
$24,000. 

World (Indie) (587; 80)— "Beauty 
and Beast" (Indie) (4th wk). Fine 
$3,000. Last week, grand $3,500. 



13G; 'River' Hep 18G, 
'Belinda' $14,000 in 2d 



H.O;s Slow Buff. Albeit 
'Song' Smash at $20,000 



, Providence, Nov. 9. ■ 
Strong holdovers are , keeping 
business at an even, keel this week. 
State's "Red River.", and Majestic's 
1 "Johnny Belinda" , arc the big hold- 
; overs. "Night Has Thou.sand Eyes" 
, was solid on first Strand session. 
^ Estimates for This Week 

.Town is loadereth holdovers ,. Albee (RKO) (2 200; 44-65) - 
this week, arid it will cut into the I Christmas Eve ,UA) (rcissueJ and 
overall total. Best bet is "Song Is ' ^'^^ , f^^?.*: 

Born," smash at the Century, i $12,500. Last week, blation West 
"Nighl Has Thousand Eyes" looks 



Baltimore, Nov. 9. 
Business here is rather moderate 
with' "A Song Is Born" looking 
standout at the Town. "Road 
House" is doing well at the New. 
Rest of list shapes just fair. 
Estimates for This Week 
Century (Loew's-UA) (3,000; 20- 
60) — "Red River" (UA) (2d wk). 
Holding well at indicated $12,000 
after- a hangup $17,200 opener. 

Hippodrome (Happaport) (2,240; 
20-70)— "Gallant Blade" (Col) plus 
vaude headed by Dave ApoUon. 
Okay $15,000, Last week, "Un- 
tamed Breed'' . ^Col) plus vaude, 
mild $12,300. 

Keith's (Schanberger) (2,460; 20- 
60)— "Kiss Blood off Hands" (U). 
Passable $9,000. Last week, second 
of "Night Has 1,000 Eyes" (Par) 
way off at $5,600. 

Mayfair (Hicks) (980; 20-65)— 
"Belle Starr" (20th) (reissue). Mild 
$4,000. Last week, "Gung Ho" (FC) 
(reissue) held well at $4,900 in sec- 
ond round. 

New (Mechanic) (1,800; 20-60)— 
"Road House" (20th). Doing very 
well at $14,000. Last week, "Cry 
of City" (20th), thin $7,200. 

Stanley (WB) (3,280; 25-75)— 
"Sorry, Wrong Number" (Par) (2d 
wk). Maintaining . fairish pace at 
$8,000 after solid $18,400 opener. 

Town (Rappaporl) (1.500; 35-65) 
— "Song is Born" (RKO). Very nice 
$14,000. Last week. "Lost Horizon" 
(Col) (reissue), $6,800. 

Valencia (Loew'SrUA) (1,885; 20- 
60)— "Night at Opera" (M-G) (reis- 
sue). Surprisingly active $5^500. 
Last - week, "Innocent Affair" (UA) 
(m.o.), steady $4,700. 



plus Peter Lind Hayes, Mary 
Healy,- Jack Cole Dancers, new ice- 
show, .is ver^ disappointing with 
$90,000 or less. . Film drew some 
fine, reviews but is barely okay for 
opening week. 

"Gotta Stay Happy" looks only . (Mono) 
nice $125,000 in first Music HaU (Mono) 



week. Slow opening hurt, despite 
smart pickup over weekend. "Be- 
trayed" and "Shanghai Cobra," re- 
issue combo, looks very mild at 
bandbox Rial to. . 

June Bride,'' with Vaughn Mon- 



in first week. May hold. Last week, 
subsequent-run. 

Rial to (Mage) (594; 44-99) — 
"Crash Dive" (20th) and "Man 
Hunt" (20th) (reissues). Open today 
(Wed.). Last week, "Betrayed" 
and "Shanghai Cobra" 
(reissues), got only mild 



$9,000. 

Rivoli (UAT-Par) (2,092; 60-$1.50; 
—"Snake Pit" (20th). First frame 
ending today (Wed.) is soaring to 
smash $60,000. Helped by several 
nice reviews, picture is doing 



roe band onstage, is holding well especially well at late night shows, 
at $65,000 or close in second week Stays on indef. In ahead, "Gallant 



at Strand. "Three Musketeers" is 
off more than $23,000, coming in at 
$43,000 in third State week, but 
still fine profit. Capitol, Criterion, 
Globe and Astor all are off sharply 
from previous week. Same is true 
of Palace but it continues remark- 
ably well, all considered, at $21,000 
for its two oldies, "Last Days of 
Pompeii" and "She." 

"Joan of Arc" starts its regular 
run at the completely remodeled 
Victoria tomorrow (Thurs.) after 
a special benefit preem ' tonight 
( Wed. ) . House capacity has been 
upped to 1.100 and interior of the- 
atre virtually rebuilt since it was 
shuttered, in early summer. 
Estimtltes f«r This Week 

Astor (City Inv.) (1,300; 70-$1.50) 
—"Song Is Born" (RKO) (4th wk). 
Third week ended last Monday (8) 
finished, at $27,000, good, after 
stout $33,000 in second. Continues 
indef. 

Bijou (City Inv) (589; $1.20)- 
$2.40)— "Red Shoes" (EL) 3d wk). 
Current session ending tomorrow i 
(Thurs.) looks to hold to capacity | 
$17,000, aided by extra matinee on j 
Armistice Day; last week, was ter- 1 
rific $17,500, helped by added show i 
Election Day. Continues. \ 

Capitol (Loew's) (4,820; 80-$1.50) | 
—"Touch of Venus" (U) with Jean 



Blade" (Col) (3d wk-9 days), 
$10,000. 

Roxy (20th) (5,886; 80-$1.80) — 
"Unfaithfully Yours" (20th) with 
Peter Lind Hayes, Mary Healy, 
Jack Cole Dancers, new Iceshow. 
First stanza ending tomorrow 
(Thurs.) looks barely okay at $90,- 
000, way below expectancy despite > 
nice crix appraisal. Likely stays 
only two weeks. In ahead, "Apart- 
ment For Peggy" (20th) plus Kay 
Thompson-Williams Bros., iceshow 
topping stagebill (3d wk), finished 
at $76,000, below hopes; "Baby 
Smiles At Me" (20th) in next. 

State (Loewts) (3,450; 80-$1.50)— 
"Three Musketeers" (M-G) (4th 
wk). Third session ended last 
(Tues.) night slipped along with 
rest of Street to $43,000 but still 
plenty strong business; second was 
smash $66,500. Continues indef. 

Strand (WB) "(2,756; 76-$1.50)— 
"June Bride" (WB) and Vaughn 
Monroe orch topping stageshow 
(2d wk). Continues in chips at 
$65,000, after very strong $72,000 
opener. Holds again. 

Victoria (City Inv.) (1,100; 95- 
$1.80) — "Joan of Arc" (RKO). 
Opens tonight (Wed.) with special 
benefit preem for United Hospital 
Fund. Regular run starts tomor- 
row (Thurs.), reopening theatre 



nice at Lakes. 

Estimates for This Week 
..Buffalo (Shea) (3,500; 40-70>— 
Red River ' (UA) (2d wk). Still 
sphd $12,000 after smash $18,500 
Opener, 

Great Lakes (Shea) (3,400; 40-70) 
— Night Has 1,000 Eyes" (Par) and 
Night Wind" (20th). Nice $15,000. 
Last week, "Southern Yankee" (M- 
C.) and "Secret Land" (M-G), 
$14,500. « 

.Hipp (Shea) (2,100; 40-70)— 
Johnny Belinda" (WB) (2d wk) 

(m.o ). SUll fancy at $10,500. Last 

week, big $13,000. 

, Tcck (Shea) (1.400; 40-70)— 
'.Southern Yankee" (M-G) and 
Se«-et Land" (M-G) (m.o.). Trim 

1^500. Last week, "Apartment 

for Peggy" (20th) (m.o.), about 

same. 

J'^^^yettc fBasil) (3,000; 40-70)— 
,.Ki&s Blood Oft. Hands" (U> and 

isurrender Dear" (U) (2d wk). 
»ine $6,000 in 4 days. Last week, 
sock ?1 8,000. 

. Century (20th Cent.) (3,000; 40- 
'«)— "Song Is Born" ' (RKO). 
hmash $20,000 or near. Last 
Week Race Street" (RKO) (2d wk) 
$5 500 * ^^"""^ i5;days)( 



(RKO) and "Nanook of Nortli" 'In- 
die) (reissue), nice $14,000. 

Carlton (Fay) (1,400, 44-65) — 
"Peabodv and Mormaid'' (U) and 
"Lady Midnight" (U) (2d run). 
Good $5,000. Last ; week, "Apart- 
ment for Peggy" (20tii) and "Night 
Wind" (20th) (2d run), $5,500. 

Fay's (Fay) (1,400; 44-65)— "Sit- 
ting Pretty" (20th) (reissue) and 
vaude on stage. Good $7,000, Last 
week, "California" (Par) (reissue) 
and vaude on stage, nice $7,500. 

Majestic (Fay) (2,200; 44-65 )— 
".Tohnny Belinda" (WB) and "Life 
With Father" (WB) (2d wk). Fine 
$14,000. First week was happy 
$17,000. 

Metropolitan (Snider) (3,100, 44- , 
6.5)— "Hold That Ghost" (Indie) and 
"Hired Wife" (Indie) (reissues), i 
Fair $9,000. Last week, "Cry of 
City" (20th) and "Smugglers Cove" i 
(Mono), solid $19,000. | 

State (Loewl (3.200; 44-65)— "Red 
River" (U.\) and "Manhattan 
Angel" (M-G) (2d wk). Hep 
$18,000 First week was strong 
$27,500. 

Strand (Silverman) (2,200; 44-65) 
—"Night lias 1,000 Eyes" (Par) and 
"Racing LUck" 'Par) (2d wk). First 
week hit hefty $13,000. i 



'Rope' Fancy $23,500 In 
Denver Despite Snow 

; Denver,: Nov. 9. 
De.spite a snowstorm la.st Sunday 
(7), biz shapes big enough to jus- 
tiiy two holdovers. "Red River'' 
gets a third, at Broadway while 
"Isn't It Romantic'' is going to hold 
a second at Denham. Top coin goes 
to "Rope," doing nicely in two ■ of 
three spots where playing. 
Estimates for This Week 
Aladdin (Fox) (1,400; 3.'j-74)— 
"Sitting Pretty" (20th) and "Voice 
of Turtle" (WB). Fair $3,000. Last 
week, "Apartment for Peggy'; 
(20th) and "Michael O'Halloran" 
(Mono) (m.o.), $5,000; 

Broadway (Cinema) (1,500; 35-74) I 9»'^'»^!5 (Brandt) (900 
—"Red River" (UA) (2d wk). Finel— .^ne Plunderers (Repj i3d v/k). 
$10,500. Holds again. Last week, ! ^t'^ve'T' fine at $10,oOO, following 
big $15,000. I stout $15,500 opener. Stays a third. 

Denham (Gockrill) (1;7S0; 35-70) 



^ Jr «r«L ^fr=^fw ^^t"*- •"O'^e than torn moSths spent 

Sablon, Betty Bruce, led Straeter|in increasing seating capacity, com- 
plete facelifting. ' ; - ; : " 

'HILLS' LOFTY $15,000, 
TORONTO- Wf 

.. ■, -.-.v T<ii!0,«to,''N6V/9..' 
S mas h third week of "Best 
Years" : show.s no drop evident 'iii' 
capacity attendance, aiid is ; ciirrent, 
Jil|hl|ghf here^: Top newcbmerS are 
"Rope" and "Hills of Home," 
'•Mourhikg Becoines Electra/' iii 
for, first time at pop : prices, ]6bk9 
nice.. .-;■"•■;■■■.■.•■•■•■.■:•■:,.•■■ 



orch topping stageshow (2d wk). 
Down to very thin $37,000 for 
initial holdover stanza after only 
mild $48,000 opener, below hopes. 
Stays a third, with "Kissing Ban- 
dit" (M-G) due in next. 

Criterion (Loew's) (1,700, 70- 
$1.85)— "Kiss Blood Off Hands" (U) 
(2d wk). Second stanza ending to- 
morrow (Thurs.) not holding well; 
fairish $27,000 or less alter rugged 
$40,000 opener, best- here in many 

Globe (Brandt) (1,500; 90-$1.50) 
—"Hollow Triumph" (EL) (2d-final 
wk). Second round ending today 
( WedJ looks to sag to very thin 
$10,000 after modest $15,000 initial 
week. "Blood on Moon" (RKO) 
opens tomorrow (Thurs.). 

- - - 70-$1.20) 



—"Isn't It Romantic" (Par). Good 
$12,000 or near. Holds. Last week, 
"Night Has Thousand Eyes" (Par) 
(Continued on page 20) 



Estimates Are Net 

Film gross - estimates as rer 
ported herewith from the vari- 
ous key cities; arc net, i.e., 
without the 20% tax. Distribu- 
tors share on net take, when 
playing percentage, hence thi- 
estimated figures are net in- 
come. 

The parenthetic admission 
prices, however, as indicated, 
.include the Ut S. amusement 
tax. 



. :;Estiinates , lor : ThiS 
Imperial (FP) (3,373; 36-66) 
"Rppei" (WB); >Big $16,000; tast 
week, "Velvet Touch" (RKO), okay 
$11,600. ' : ■:.■■ ■ 

Loew's (Loew) (2,096; 36-66>— 

^_ "Julia Misbehaves" (M-G) (2d wk). 

Mayfair (Brandt) (1,736; 60-$1.50) Good $11,000 after last week's $13,- 
"Road House" (20th). First week , 400. 

Odeon (Rank) (2,390; 35-$ 1.20)-- 
"Best Years" (RKO) (3di wk). Turn- 
away biz at all pierformanees for 7 
$20,200 after : ditto V capacity vJist i 
week/;- ' :, ;' • 

Shea's (FP) (2,386; 36-66)— -"JUno 
Bride" :(WB). Fancy .$14,500. Last 
weejc, '^LoVes of ■ Carmen" (Col) (23 ■ 
Wv?$l,2i,300:V. 
TivoH (FP) (1,431; 36-66 — 



ending Friday (12) is soaring to big 
$45,000 or over. . Upped scale plus 
some, nice reviews .all helping. 
Holding, of course. In ahead, 
"Mourning Becomes Electra" 
(RKO) (3d wk), fair $16,000. 

Palace (RKO) (1,700, 40-95)'- 
"Last Days Pompeii" (RKO) and 
"She" (RKO) (reissues) (2d wk). 
Holding up strongly at $21,000 or 



better in second round ending next "Mourning Becomes Electra' 
Friday (12). First week hit terrific (RKO), With special sexed-up ex- 
$32,400, over hopes and best here ! ploitation, started slowly but looka 
under present policy. Animated '; nice $8,000. Last week, "Cry of 
front and ciicusing Iwo oldies i City" (20th) (2d wk), ,$5,200. 
, bringing biggest crowds Since "Sin- ' Uptown (Loew) (2,743; 30-66)— 
bad the Sailor" (RKO) played here ' "Hills of Home" (M-G). Kid draw 
two years ago. Stays a third week. I hypoing to big $15,000. Last week, 
I Paramount (Par) (3,664; 55-$1.50) "Innocent Affair" (UA), $13,200, 



It 



PICTIJBE GROSSES 



Wetliiesday, November 10, 1948 



'Song' Solid $52,000, Best lA Bet; 
'Bride Hot 57G, 'Blade' Not So Sharp 



Indpls. Spoltr, 'River' 
Loud 16G, 'Belmda' 14G 



Indianapolis; Nov, 9. 
Biz is spotty at firstriins here 
tins week. "Red River" is strong 
at Loew's, and pacing the city. 



"Baby Snules on Frisco, Lusty $30,( 
'Belinda' Torrid $28,000, 'Starr's' lOG 



$27,000, 'BW Droops to 24G in 2d ; if 15 -^"W.; 



Los Angeles, Nov, 9. 
"June Bride" and "Song Is 
Born" kicked off strongly and are 

fiving a real hypo to local firstrun 
Usiiitss this \veek.: "Song" looks, 
standout wilh bis; $52,000 in two' — "Station West' iRKO)' and 
theatres while "Bride" Is sighting i ".Jungle Goddess" (SG) t2d wk). 
» sharp S.'57,00O in three houses, ; Slow $13,000. Last week, .$16,000, 



, Ruard" iRKO). Sturdy $26,000. 
La.si week, "Walk Crooked . Mile" 
' iCol) and 'Black Eagle" iCol) t2d 
, wk-6 days), $8,100. 

Parxmtount (F&M) (3.398; 60-$l) 



"Gallant Blade" will be okay $27,- 
00 in five spots.: 

Fourth frame of "Red River" 
•till is very steady $37,000 in five 
•mallseater.s. Other holdovers are 
inild in their final stanzas. "Kiss 
plood Otr Iland.s" is dropping to 
$34,000 in five location.s where held 
for a second session. 

Estimates for This Week 
Belmont (FWO (1,532; 60-$l)— 
"trallant Blade" <Col) and "Racing 
Luck" I Col). Near $3,000. Last 
week. "Untamed Breed" (Col) and 
"Leather Gloves" (Col) (8 days), 
f2.»00. 

Beverly Hills Music Hall (G&S- 
Prin-Cor) (834; 85-$l) — "Red 
River" lUA) dth wk). Steady $6,- 
flOO. 'Last wprk, $6,600. 

Carthay Circle (FWC) 
«0-,Sl) — "Paradine Case" fSRO) 
and "Million Dollar Weekend'' 
<EL) i2d wk). Under $3,000 in 5 
dav.s. La.st week, slim ,$5,000. 

Chinese iGrauman-WC) (2,048; 
eo-SD— "Paradirte Case" (SRO) and 
"Million Dollar Weekend" (EL) 
(2d wk-5 davs). Slim $4,000. Last 
week, slow «6.000. 

Culver iFWC) (1,145; 60-$l)— , 
"Gallant Blade" iCol) and "Racing 
Luck" (Col). Near $3,500. La.st , 
week. "Kiss Blood Off Sands" (tT) 
and "Sword .Avenger" 'KD, fair 
$4,300. 

Downtown iWB) (1,800; 60-$l)— , 
".Tunc Bride' IWB). Bright $19.-. 
000. Last week, ".lohnny Belinda" ' 
(WB) (3d wk). good $15,500. 

Downtown Music IlaU (Prin»Cor) 
(902; 8.5-'61i — "Red River" lUA' i 
(4th wki. Steady $15,000. Last 
week, .SI 5.400 

Es>pUan iFWC) (1,538; 60-$l)— 
"Lu.Mirv Liner" 'M-Gi and "Secret 
Laud ' lAi-Gi i3d wk-4 daysi. Down 
to S4. 000^ Last week/ medium ; 
: $7,600. ■ • 

El Key 'FWC) i861; 60-$li — i 
"GalL.nt BImIc" (Col) ami "Racing 
Luck" I Col ). Oke $3,500. Last ; 
week, • Untamed Breed" iGo!) and 
"Leailier Gloves' iCol) i8 davsi. 
$2,100. 

Esiiiiirc iRosener) (685; 85-Sl 201 
—"Quiet Weekend" ( Indie). Near 
$2,000. Last week, $1,800. 

Four Star iLfA-WC) (900; $1.20-i 
K2.40)— "Hpinlet" lU) l2d wk". Up; 
to sock $16,000, Last week, fine ' 
$14,400. 

Guild iFWCi (968; 60-$ll— "Ki.'is 
BJood ' lUi &nd "Sword Avenger" 
(ULi i2d vWi Below $3,000. La.st 
vet k. f:iir 5,3 900. " 
. , Hawaii iG&S - Prin - Cor) (l.lOfi; 

■ 8."5-Sl )— "Rtd: River''' i.UA) i4lh wkv 

■ Steady $?.50O. . Last ■ week, smooth 

$7rvoo. ■ 

Hollywood iWB> '2 7.)6, BO-SP— 
"June Bi'idt'' iWBi. Fancy 819.000. 
L.Msl v, otk. -ri'-linda ' iWBl i3d wK'. 
t.h.11 p .SI 2.400. 

Hollywood Music Hall. (Prin-Cor) 
(512; 851— • Hcd jUvcr' iU.\l i4th 
Sm.irl So 500. I,ast week, 
enappy S.'i.S'OO. 

Iri.s 't'WCi '828; 60-85) — "Kiss 
Blood" (Ui aiid "Sword Avenger" 
fELi i2d wki. Down lo $2,500. LaM 
week; okay S4.700, 
^_ Liilirel . (IRosener) (890; 85) 

■ ,*'Life,„Lo\'ts T.ecl)alkorskv"-'( fndiei 
(2;d \vk!i:. About $2,000. LasV week, 
ni' (' S2 ()()0 

Loew's Stale iLoew-WCi (2 404i- 
60-^1 I— ••|',.i-;iclinf Case" iSROi and 
: "ATiilioh Dollar Weekend"'- lEL) 
(2d \\k-5 day^) Only X'i.rm. La< 
veek. .slow S] 6,000. 

Los Angeles iD'lown-WCl (2.097 
60-s;] 1— -HLxiiry Linci'' iM-G) and 
'.Sccict Land' nU-G) liici nk-4 
dayM. Just .V6..500. Last week. 
$12,300. 

Loyohi iF\VC) (1.248; 60-$ 1) — 
P.-tradine Case' fSRO) and "Mil- 
lion Dollar Wepkond' lEL) i2d 
\vk-5dajs. Thin .$3,000. La.st week 
Jight .S5 500. 

.Vlilliou Dollar iD'lownl (2.0.93; 
IJO-831 — 'Hollow Triumph" (ELi 
f2d run I. willi ,limmy Liggin.s. Errol 
Gm'ner on stage. Scant $9,000. Last 
xvt'tk. "Thi.s l.s .\'ew York" 
<2d run) with ^lilton Larkin orcii, 
.Lo.inie .lohnson. on stage, .$9.80o: 
OrpJieum 'Dto-ivn-WGi i2 2]0- 
«0-.Sl)— -"Gallant Blade" (Col) and 
"Racing Luck" (Col). Nice .'613.000. 

■ Last week. "Untamed Breed" (Col) 
•nd "Leather Gloves" (Col) i8 
«!a.vs), $10,700, 

Pan Pacific (Prin-Cor) (940; 85- 
|1)— "Red River" (UA) i4(h wk). 
toat«3.000. Last week, .$3,100. 

Pantateii (Pan) (2.812;' 60-$l)-- 
•Song Is Boi'n" iRKO) and "Body- 



Paramount Hollywood IF&M) (!,'' 
451; 60-$l)— "Station West" (BKO) 
(2d wk). Fair $7,000. Last week, 
$10,500. : 

KKO Hillstreet (RKO) (2,890; 60- 
80)— "Song Is Born" (RKO) and 
"Bodyguard" (RKO). SBarp $26,- 
000. Last week^ 'Walk Crooked 
Mile" (Col) and "Black Eagle" (Col) 
(2d wk-6 days), okay $11,900. 

Bite I FWC) (1,370; 60-$l)-t"K:iSS 
Blood" (U) and "Sword Avengifer'' 
(EL) (2d wk). Mild $4,500, Last 
week, okay $6,800. 

Studio City (FWC) (880; 6b-$l)-^ 
"Kiss Blood" fU) and "Sword 
Avenger" (EL) (2d wk). Light $3,t 
000; Last'week, $3,900. 

United Artists (U.\) (2,100; 60-$l) 
-4-"Kis."! Blood" (U) and "Sword 
Avenger" (EL) (2d wk). Good $11,- 
(1,518; 000. Last w eek, lieat $15,800. 

Uptown (FWC) (1,719; 60-$l)— 
"Paradine Case" (SRO) arid "Mil' 
lion Dollar' Weekend" (EL) (2d \Vk- 
5 days). Near $3,500. Last week, 
mild $6,000. 

VoRue (FWC) (885; 60-85)— "Gal- 
lant Blade" . (Col) and ^ "Racing 
Luck" (Gol). Okay $4,000. Last 
week, "Untamed Breed" (Col) and 
• Leather Gloves" (Col) (8 days), 

$2,600.::- 

Wilshire (FWC) (2,296; 60-$l)— 
"Luxury Liner'' (M-G), and "Secret 
Land" IM-G) (3d wK'-4 days). 
IModest $4,500; Last week, $7,300. 

Wiltern (WB> (2.300; 60-$l)— 
",)une Bride" (WB). Hetty $19,000. 
Last week, "Belinda'' (WB) (3d wk), 
nifty. $12,000. 



City" at Circle and "Lady 
mine" at Lyric are tepid. 

Estimates for This Week 
Circle (Gamble-Dolle) (2,800; 44- 
. 651— "Cry of City" (U) and "Smug- 
iglers Cove" (Mono). Mild $9,000, 
Last week. "Isn't It Romantic" 
iPai-) and "This Corner'^ (EL), $7,- 

^"liidiana (G-D) (3,300; 44-65) — 
"Johnnv Belinda" (WB) and "Here 
Comes Trouble" (UA). Sturdy $14,- 
000. Last week, "Good Sam" (RKO) 
and "Behind Locked Doors" (EL), 
fair $12,500. 

Keith's (G-D1 (1,300; 44-65)-- 
"Good Sam " (RKO) and "Behind 
Locked Doors" (ED (m.o.). Aver- 
age ,$4,500. Last week, "Rope" 
(WB) and "Winner Take All" 
(Mono), $4,000. 

Loew's (Loew's) (2,450; 44-6d>— 
"Red RiVer" (UA) and "Surrender 
Dear" (Col). Hefty $16,000. Last 
week. "Loves of Carmen" (Col) 
and "Triple Threat" (Col), slow 
$11,000. 

Lyric (G-D) (1.600; 44-65) — 
"Lailv in Ermine" (20th) and 
"Creeper" (20th). Tepid $6,000. 
Last week, "Evil My Love" (Par; 
and "Bodyguard" (RKO), sluggish 
$4,500. 

'River Swift 19G. 
St. Loo; 'Song' 8G 

St. Louis, Nov. 9. : 
"Red River" is" showing the 
greatest pulling power , of main- 
stem cinemas this week, being 
solid at Loew's. "Song Is Born 



Er-^ Key City Grosses 



Estimated Total Gros« 

This Week $2,910,000 

(Based on 23 cities, 219 

theatres, cliie/lj/ Jirst runs, in- 

clwiing N. Y.). 

Total Gross Same Week 

Last Year $3,160,000 

( Based on 22 cities, 227 

theatTes), 



'Song' Tuneful 
$16,000, K.C. Ace 

Kansas City', Nov. 9. 

With voting out of way, people 
are again going to shows. That's 
true locally as current product is 
better and so i.i biz. Qrpheum's 
"Song Is Born" . shapes solid, and 
is sure to hold. VJoImny Belinda'- 
at Paramount likewise is strong at 
$15,000 and likely stays over. Rain 
midweek cleared up for an Ideal 
fall week end. 

Estimates for This Week 

Esquire (Fox Midwest) i820; 45- 
65)— "Apartment for Peggy" (20th) 
j (m.o.). Nifty $4,000J Last week, 
"Corvette 225" (FC) and "Wings 
Over Honolulu'; (FG) (reissues), 
average $3,000. 

{ Kimo (Dickinson) i550; 35-45-65) 
I— "Panic" (FR). Okay $1,800 or 
■ near. Last week, "Fanny" tindie), 
$1,400. 

Midland (Loew's) i3..500; 45-65) 55,35) 
I —"Gallant Blade" iCol) and "Man- 
Ihattan Angel" (Col); Mild $14,000. 
I Last week, "Walk Crooked Mile " 
" Rusty Leads Way" (GOl) 



shapes very big at the small Shu- i ., - , 

bert. "Night Has 1,000 EyesV looks 'hm $10,000 m 5 davs 



'Song' Beats Crix 
In Pitt, Fine 13G 

Pittsburgh, Nov. 9. 
. Holdovers are getting the heavi- 
e.st. play this week, with "Red 
River" : at Penn and "Johnny 
Belinda" at Warner . both holding 
up well. '-A Song Is Born" is do- 
ing okay at Fulton among newcom- 
ers despite mild notices. "Hamlet" 
has been coming lo life on roadshow 
run at the Ritz after a slow start. 
".Slation West" is doing much bet- 
ter, than average at Stanley on 
strength of gooti reviews and Dick 
Powell's growing b.o. stature. 
Estimates for This Week 

Fulton (Shea) (1,700; 44-76)— 
"Song Is Born " iRKO). First time 
a t)anny Kaye picture has run up 
asiainst such disappointing notices, 
but lus past, rep seems to be over- 
coming (liem lor nice $13,000. but 
nol up to Kaye'.s pa.st clicks. Last 
w eck. second, of "Crv of Citv'- 
1201I1I, Utile over $3,000 in 4 d.-iys 

Harris iHairi.s) i2.200; 44-761— 
'"Kiss Blood Off Hands" lU) l2d 
I Continued on page 20) 



well at 'Ambassador 

Estimates for This Week 

Ambassador (F&M) (3.000; .50- 
75)— "Night Has 1,000 Eyes" (Par) ; 
and "Angels in Exile" (Rep). Nice i 
$17,000. Last week, '■Moonrise" , 
iRep) and "Smart Girls Don't ; 
Talk" (WB), $14,000. 

Fox iF&M) (5,000; .50-75) — 
-'Roadhouse" (20th) and "Bungalow > 
13" ('20th). Good $18,000. La.st , 
week. "Return of Bad Men ' iRKO) 
add "Berlin Express" 'RKO), $15.- 

000.; ■ ■ 

Loew's (Loew) (3.172; .50-751 — 
'.'Red River" (UA) and "Manhattan 
Angel" KJol). Solid $19,000. LasI 
WTCk. "Peabod,v and Mermaid" (U) : 
and "Black Arrow" iCol), $15,000. ; 

Missouri iF&M) (3,500; 50-65)—! 
".Tohnny Belinda" iWB) and; 
".Apaitment lor Peggy" (20th)' 
lino) 1 2d wk). Trim $8,000 after 
$9,000 first session. 

St. Louis I F&M) (4,000; 60-75)— { 
"Wing and Prayer" •(20th) and" 
"Navy (::omes Through" (RKO)'; 
(reissues). Oke $5,000. La.st week,! 
"Drive by Night" iWB) and ".'Vn-; 
gels wilh Dirty Faces" (WB) (re-; 
Lssues). $5,500. . 

Shubert ifnd) (1..500; 40-60)—] 
"Song Is Born" (RKO). Big $8,000; 
or near. Last week, "Rope" (WB) ■ 
and"Lightnmg m Forest" (Rep) 
im.o.) (2d wki, $5,500. ' 



"Song Is Born" (RKO) and "The 
Prairie" (SGI. Paying oil nicely at 
solid $16,000 and holds. Last week, 
"Rope" (WB) and "Variety Time" 
(RKO) (2d wk) 3 days, and 
Feathers" iFC) and "Drums 
(rci.ssues), 4 days, spit week, only | 



$9,000. 

Paramount (Par( (1.900; 45-65)— 
'.lohnny Belinda" (WB). Strong 
$15,000 and holdover. Last week, 
"Miss Tallock's Millions" (Pan had 
opening day p.a.'s by William 
Holden, Robert Stack, Bill Deui- 
arest and others but small 'help 
at mild $13,000. 

Roxy iDurwood) (900; 45-6.5)— 
"Raw Deal" (EL) and "Olvmplc 
Games" lEL) i2d wk). Fair $2,800. 
Last week, fast ,$4,200. 

Tower- Uptown - Fairway (Fox 
Midwest) 1 2.1 00. 2.043. 700. 45-65) 
—"Road House;' [20th). Average 
$13,000 or better. Last week 
"Apartment lor Peggy " i20thi big 
.$21,000 in 9 days. 



San Francisco, Nov, 9. 
Helped by .strong bally, ''Baby 
Smiles At Me" shapes big at Fo.v,- 
and "Johnny Belinda" looks sock 
at Paramount this round. "Red 
River" is strong again in fourtli 
round at United Artists. "Belle 
Starr's Daughter" is .lust okay at 
Warfield while "Gallant Blade" 
will land only modest money at Or? 
plieiud. Otherwise, biz is not big 
with holdovers especially slow, 
i Estimates for This Week 
I Golden Gate (RKO) (2,844; iJO- 
' 95)— "Station West" (RKO) and 
I "Bodyguard" (RKO) 2d wk). Down 
I to thin $11,000. Last week, okay; 
'$17,500. 

Fox (FWC) (4,651; 60-95)— 
• When Baby Smiles At Me" (20th). 
Big $30,000. Last week,"Anjiels 
With. Dirty Fslces" (WB) and "They 
Drive By Night" (WB) (reissues), 
mild $14,500. 

Warfield (FWC) (2,656; 60-85)— 
"Belle Starr's Daughter" (20th) and 
"Smugglers Co ve" (Mono). Oke 
$16,000. Last week, "Julia Mlsbc^ 
haves" (M-G) and "The Secret 
Land" (M-G) (2d wk), nice $14,500. 

Paramount (Par) (2,646; 60-85)-- 
"Johnny Belinda" (WB). Sock 
$28,000 or over. Last Aveek, "Miss 
TaUock's Millions" (Par) and <;ril- 
ner Sanctum" (FC) (2d wk-5 
day.s), $14,000. . ; 

St. Francis (Par) (1,400; 60-85)— 
"Night Has 1,000 Eyes" (Par) )2d 
wk). Fair $9,000. Last week, nice 
$12,500. 

Orphenm (Blumenfeld) (2,488; 
55-85)— "Gallant Blade" (Col) and 
"Rusty Leads Way" (Col). Modest 
$12,000 or less. Last week, . '-One 
Touch Venus" (U), and "Shed No; 
Te,irs" (EL), $12,500. . 
United Artists (S. COrvvirt) (1,207; 
"Red Biver" (UA) (4th wk). 
Strong $10,000. Last week, fine 
$13,000. , 

Stagedoor (Ackerman) (3.50; 60- 
85)— "The Search" (M-G) (3d wk). 
Good $2,500 In 5 days. Last week, 
$3,000. 

Ksquire (Blumenfeld) (955; .5,5- 
85)— "One Touch Venus" (U) and 
■'Shed No Tears" (EL) (m.o.). Okay 
$6,000. Last week, "Loves of Car- 
•"O)!,^' ! men" (Col) and "Black Eagle," 
^J'<-':(Col) (m.o). nice $7,000. 

United Nations (FWC) (1.149; 60- 



185)— "Sitdng Pretty" (20th) and 
I ''Golden Earrings" (Par) deissucs'. 
.Nice $2,500. Last week. "Cry of 
I City" (20th) and"Sons of Adven- 
I ture" ( Rep) (111:0,). same. 
; State (Par) (2,133; 60-85)— 
i "llYade Winds" (Indie) and ' Block- 
i ade " (Indie) (reissues). Good 
$6,000 Last week. "Rope" (WB) 
1. (ni.o.i, ditto, . 



L'ville Lively; 'Venus' 
Hot $16,000, 'Julia' 14G 



H.O. s Slough Hub; 'Saxon' Charms At 
$22,000,Texa8,B'klyn $19,000, 2 Spots 



Grid Crowds Up Philly; 
'Blood' Rich at $33,500, 
'Road House' Huge 35G 

Philadelphia, Nov. 9. 
Big crow ds in town . for Penii- 
Penn State game, peifectweatlter 
and general holiday mood gave the 
film houses their brightest week- 
end of new season. Most excile- 
iiicnl centered around the Fox, 
whore Road House" had tile Mar- 
ket St. Iront looking like New 
Year's Eve. Best there since 
"Gentleman's Agreement." 

Virtually as sock is the Karle's 
"Ki.s.s Blood Off Hands." which got 
off to a big start via personal ap- 
pearance of its star. Burt Lan- 
caster. Reissue combo, '/Angels 
With Dirtv Kaces" and "Drive by 
Night" also showed real strength 
at the Stanton. 



Boston. NoVi 9.. 

Tag end of extended-run bills 
all over currently sees biz sagging I 
at most spots. Only new bills,! 
".Saxon Chariii.'.' nice at- the .Bos-; 
Ion, and "Texas, Brooklyn, " at Par- 
amount and I''envvay. w hich shapes i 
average. Second week of "Johnny i 
Belinda ' .slill IS big at iVIel. ■< 
Estimates for This Week 

Astor l.)a^co\) (1 300; 90-$2.40)— 
."Hamlet" -(Ur (i2tli - final wk). i 
i\fo\c« out (his week to Beacon, 
Hill, re turbi shed second-rnn house.' 
Okay $8 000 Last week, about 
■.'same..- 

. Boston (RKO) (3,200; 40-801 — i 
"Sa.von Charm'' I Lit and ' Guns ot . 
Hale " (RKOi. Nice ,'i;22,0l)0 or near. 
LsH week. "Cry ol Cily" (20lhi 
arid "The Creeper" (20tli). $18,500. 

Exeter ( Indie) '1.300, 45- 75i— 
"Mikado" Ul and"iVran of Kvil" |U I 
(rcissup.s). Second time here, this ; 
bill looks good at $5,000. LasI , 
wek. "Blanche Fujy"' (1?L) and i 
"Gay Intruder" (20lh) (2d wk). $3,- 
.500. 

FenH-ay iM-P) (1,373; 40-80)— 
"jexa.*, Bjooklyn," (UA) jtnd 



"Moonri.se ' (Rep). So-.so $5 000. 
Last week, "Night lias 1.000 
Eves" (Par) and "Smugglei's Cove " 
(Monoi i2d wk). $3:200. ■ . 

.Memorial ( RKCi) (3,000; 40-80)— 
"Race Slrcel ' 'RKO> and "Varietv 
Time" (RKO) i2d wki. Holdover 
bcKms today (Tues.) aller tine $21,- 
000 first week. 

Afetropolitan (M-P) (4.367; 40-801 
—".lohnny Belinda'- iWB) and 
' Homicide for Three" i Indie) (2d 
wk). Big $23,000 after sock $35,400 
first. 

Orpheum (Loew) (3,000: 40-80)— 
"Red River" lUA) and "Manhal- 
(aii Ansel" (Coll (3d wki. Final 
week begins todav (Tues) alter 
neat $24,000 second 

Paramount (i\I-Pi '1.700; 40-80i 
— '"rexa.s, Brooklyn" (UAi and 
"iVIoonrise" 'Rep). Usual $14,000. 
Last week "Night Has l.OOO 
H\es" (Par) and "Smuggler's Cove" 
(Mono) (2d wki. $8,800, 

State iLoewl (3.500; 40-80) — 
"Red River" (UA) and "Manhattan 
Anpcl" iCol) 3d wk). final week 
begins io«lay ('Tues.) .'. after good 
$16,000 second. 



I Loui.sville. Nov, 9. 

! Business is perking a bi(, this 
; stanza, W illi brisk weekend trade 
helping. "One Touch of Venus" 
I at Rialto looks to ring the bell as 
i will Roy Rogers' opusi "Night Time 
in Nevada" at Strand. 

Estimates for 'I'his VVeek 
1 Brown (Koiirth Avenuei ( 1.200; 
30-401— "Apartment toi- Peggy" 
, i20th) and '"Night Wind" (20(h) 
I (m.o.). ,- Neat $.5.,5O0. Last week. 
"Sorry. Wrong Number" (Par) and 
"French Leave"' (iV'Iorio) (m o.i, $3.- 
000. 

: Kentuekv (SwitOW'V f 1.200; 30-401 
— -'.'A. & C. Meet Frankenstein" I $i")"()oo' o,i 
'}P Ermine" (20th) u Romantic" iPai) 

Strong $3,400. Last week "Lile, . ,. ctci 

, With Father" (WBi and "Return ol' '»'ta«i'« 'f>&^>' 
Bad Men " (RKOl, $3,500. 

I Mary Anderson (People's) (l.- 
OOO; 45-651— ".lohnny Belinda" 

, (WB) (2d wk). Satisfactory .$7,000. 

I Last week, swell $9,000 -in 8 davs. 

I National (.Standard) (2 400; "45- 

, 65)— "Te.vaS; Brooklyn" (UA) and 
"Vicious Circle" (UA). Medium 
$6,000. Last week. "Love of l\larv" 
iU) and"End of River" (U l. $4..56o. 1 
Rialto iF\) (3 400; 45-65)--! 
"Touch of Venus" (U) and "Code, 
Scotland 'Yard " (Repi. Fine $16 -! 
000, La.st week. ".\partment Peg- 
gy"' (20th) and "Night Wind" 

, (20th). $17,000. : . V 

State ( Loew '.s) f.1 ,000: 45-65)— 
".lulia , Misbehaves" (M-Gi and 
"Leather Glove.s" 'CoH. iHode&t 
$14,000 or over. Last week. "Red 
River" (UA) and "Hanhaltan An- 
gel" (Col) (10 days). $18,000. 
Strand iFA) (1,000; 4.5-651— 

, "Night Time . Nevada" (Rep) and 
"Angel in l!;,vile " (Rep). Fine $6,- 

(500. t^a.st week. "Ruthles.s" (EL) 

• and VLinda Be Good" (ED, $4,000. 



Estimates for This Week 
Aldine (WB) (1,303: 50-99)— 
Hollow Triiinvph" (Ef,). Mild 
near. La.st week, "J.sn't 
.$12,600, ■ 
(700; 50-941i-^ 
■Red River" (UA). Pa.st .$6,500. 
La.st week. "Rachel and Stranger" 
(RKO), sock $8,000 in 10 days. 

Boyd (WB) 1 2.360; .50-99)—- "Loves : 
of Carmen" (Col) i4th j\k). Oke 
$14,000 or over tor w indup session. 
Last week, fair $16,000, 

Earle (WB) (2,700; 50-99)— "Kiss 
Blood Ofl Hands" (Ul. Huge 
$33,500. Last week, "Walk Crooked 
Mile" (Col) (2d wk), down to" 
$16,000. 

Fox i20th) '2.2.50; 50-99)— 'Road 
I TTou.se" (20th), Town's leader at 
i lerrific $35,000. Last week. "Crv 
.of City" (20(h), (2d wk) $17,000, 
i Upldman (Goldman) il.200; 60- 
99)— "Julia Misbehaves " (M-G) (3d 
wk). Big $17,!500. Last week,, 
great $23,000. 

Karlton (Goldman) (1,000; 50-99) 
—"Sealtui . Verdict" (Par) i2d wki. 
Fine $10,000 after $14,000 opener, 
Keith's (Goldman) (1,300; 50-99). 
—"Apartment for Peggy" i20th). 
(Continued on page 20) 



THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 1948 



VICTORIA thba™. 

Broadway at 46tli St., Ne^ Yort, N-Y. 




OAN OF 




starring INGRID 





A VICTOR FLEMING production 

Produced Ly WALTER WANGER 
Directed ty VICTOR FLEMING 

i Color By TECHNICOIOR 

BaseJ on tke Sta^e FUy "JOAN of LORRAINE ' W MAXWELL ANDERSON 



A CAST OF THOUSANDS 

witli JOSE FERRER 
FRANCIS L. SULLIVAN • J. CARROL NAISH • WARD BOND 
SHEPPERD STRUDWICK • KURD HATFIELD • GENE LOCKHART 
JOHN EMERY • GEORGE COULOURIS -JOHN IRELAND and CECIL KELLAWAY 

Screenplay ty MAXWELL ANDERSON anJ ANDREW SOLT • Art Direction hy RICHARD DAY 
Director of Ptototfrapliy JOSEPH VALENTINE, A. S.C. 
PreienteJ ly SIERRA PICTURES, INC. • Releaiecl by RE0 RADIO PICTURES ^ 



W«drt«<Jiy» Novemlier 10, IMS 



When My Baby Smiles 
at Me 

(SONGS-COLOR) 

Hollywood, Nov. 5. 

.fnTtlon. Stan B«tty Gnble. Dan D»Ueyi 
««tuni JackOakle. June Havoc, Blchard 
AriSf^Jatief Gteason. Dliected by Walter 
rln* Screanplay. Lamar Trottl: adapU- 

"Buriewue," by George Manker Watteri. 
Arthur Hopkins; camai a CTechiiicolort, 
narrv Jackson: editor, Baibaia McLean, 
ioW, Mack Gordon. Joset Myipw, musl- 
ral direction, Alfred Newman Tlade- 
Sown No". 3. '^rRunninu time. US WTSS. 

Knnnv ^ Bettv Giablr 

Din D.iiley 

'i.i.;.;.. ....;.> .lack OaWe 

. . ■ .■.June. ; Havoc. 
- ,■ . , i . . ...... Richard Ai'len 

, ; . .V. ..: James' Gleason 

. . .:. . :. . i . . . . . Vanita Wade 

Specialty Pancer K«!nnv wnilama 

Sylvia Marco .Jean Wallace 

Woman in Box „ ^ , „ Bchrs 
Sam Harris. . . . . i . iHobert Bmmett Keane 
Midget Jerry Maren 

eomic .-.-i .. George "Bettlepusa" Lewis 
Valet'i' . . i.. . ; -Tom. Stevenson 

Process Soiver Sam Bernard 

Stage Man.igei . Maurltz Hugo 

Vendoi . Frank Scannell 

Painters . ... ^. Tim Grabami Dave Morns 



Skid 
Boso. 
GUHie 
Harvey 
Lefty - 
Bubbles 



WUM REVIEWS 



15 



has fashioned a sparkliiigly witty 
comedy of modern manners which 
Will set off a chain reaction of 
chuckles. With Cary Grant top- 

fing a superlative cast includmg 
ranchot Tone and a standout 
newcomer, Betsy Drake, this film 
will have a terrific payoff, 

Script and direction, both han- 
dled by Hartman, are finely bal- 
anced in a clever pace and sl>le 
cued for universal appeal. Al- 
though toned in smart- dialog and 
subtle touches within a broad com- 
edy situation, the pie nevertheless 
dodges the twin pitfalls of ultra- 
sophistication and corny slapstick. 
Starting oif m a breezy flippancy, 
it rolls smoothly along m the same 
key throughout. 

Miss Drake, a fresh personality 
with looks and talent who will gen- 
erate plenty of word-of -mouth; 
commendation, is the young gal set 
upon hooking- an- eligible bache- 
lor. Accidentally bumping into 
Grant m a drugstore, she maps an 
elaborate pincei (strategy after 
studiously gathering data on his 
habits and habitat: . When this 
fails in a series of tactical rever- 
sals, she switches to piquing Grant 
with jealousy, using Tone, the boss 
of 'the department store in which 
she works, as the foil. But Grant 
still refuses to bite, maintaining an; 
amused indifference that -occar- 
sionally boils into irritation at the 
gal's persistence. 

Her inventiveness, however,- 
finally surmounts Grant's intran- 
sigeance. But before she can haul 
up the marriage license, . Miss 
Drake is forced to sharpen the 
hook and pretty the bait. She en' 
lists the whole town in her cam- 
paign to pr^ure her man to the 
altar. At the windup, she plays 
the winning trick by hiring a radio 
actor to pose as her home town 
flame coming to take her home 



This 20tli-Fox version of the old 
George Manker Watters- Arthur 
Hopkins "Burlesque" is a happy 
journey down memoiy lane. Sta- 
ture IS added : through nostalgic 
quality gained in the aging. Packed 
with surefire old tunes, plus a cou- 
ple of new ones, and filled with 
time-tested gags and laugh lines, 
it answers all requirements of the 
entertainment seeker. Technicolor 
adds lustre and marquee values 
are strong » 
.. Producer George Jessel brings 
forth plenty of showmanship in 
tying up the entertainment. Show- 
wise, he has picked his cast with 
care» and his affection for the old 
flesh shows is apparent in the 
touches given '"When My Baby 
Smiles at Me." . Score is studded 
. with the memory treat of such 
songs :a6 the title number, "Don't 
Bring Lulu," "Bye, Bye, Black- 
bird," "Birth of the Blues" and 
snatches of scores of otliers. 

Betty Grable and Dan Dailey 
function skongly in the star spots, 
both trouping their roles and han- 
dling song and dance with a style 
that pleases. They fit easily into 
the hurley . atmosphere that per* 
meates the production and give a 
lift to the aging, but still fun, plot 
Dailey is . equally at hoine in. dra- 
matics, comedy and song-dance 
man routines Miss Grable is more 
tlian an eyeful ornament to the 
.story She's a vow when intei- 
preting a hurley queen at work, 
and shows up well in the story se- 
.-- quences. 

There's a lot of chorus curves 
and glamor to appeal to the males 
in the several production numbers. 
Costumes are visual treats, lend- 
ing color to the numbers. From.the 
title tunc opener, sung by Dailey, impact, 

thiough to new tunes by Mack' * — 

Got don and Josef Myrow, it's a Blood on the Moon 
musical feast wrapped around the! . iiollvwood, Nov 6 



Miniature Reviews 

"When My Baby Smiles at 

Me" (Songs-Color) (20th). 
Smooth musical with nostalgic 
tunes, Betty Grable, Dan 
Dailey. Bright -b.o;: prospects, 

"Every Girl Sliould Be Mar- 
ried" (RKO). Cary Grant, 
Franchot Tone in sock roman- 
tic comedy; suretire appeal. 

"Blood On the Moon" (RKO) 
Adult'Styled western drama 
away from usual action form- 
ula,, which wiU hurt its b.o. 
chances 

"Racing: Lnck"(Col). Draggy 
racetrack entry lacks plot in- 
terest 

"Indian Agent" (RKO) Okay 
Tim Holt : western ; lor the Sat- 
urday matinee trade 

"West of Sonora" (Col). 
Avei age Charles Stari ett 
("Durango Kid"; oatuner. 

"The Guinea Pig" (Paihe). 
Sensitive British schoolboy 
study. 

"No Room At the Inn" 

(Pathe). Grim British yarn 
about orphans in a Cockney 
boarding house.- Limiled draw, 
"Scorned Flesh" (Italian). 
Story about a sailor and his; 
tiagic love, okay for foreign 
houses. 



after a resounding crossfire of 
automatics and tommjfguns. 

With this role, Basehart estab- 
lishes himself as one of Holly- 
wood's most talented finds in rer 
cent years. As the killer, he per- 
forms with emotional range and 
suppleness, delineating his psycho 
portrayal of a vicious character 
with complete persuasiveness. He 
heavily overshadows the rest, of 
the cast, although Scott Brady, 
Roy Roberts and Jim Cardwell, as 
the detectives, deliver with ■■. high 
competence. Film is also marked 
by reabstic ' camera woik and a 
solid score. Herm. 



'■■V' Hollywood. Nov. 5. 

Columbia productiori and release. Fea- 
tures, .Gloria:. Henry,' .Stanley .. Clements,. 
:'I3avid ; Bruce, Paula Rayrabrid, ' Hurry, 
Cbeshire, : Dool^y WUsoh, Ja'^. . ibgram. 
Nelson Leighi BiU'Cartledge, SC'd Saylor. 
Qirected by WilUani IBerhe, ScreenpUiy, 
.J.osepb .Carole, Al Martin, 'Harv.ey Gates; 
editor, Henry Batista; cainera, Ira ;H.. M:or- 
gan. : At Vogue. L:' A.i.NoVv 2. "'18. RUu- 
iilng time, «."> .MISS. . '- : ' 
.Phyllis .iWarren,; . . , . . ..'.."...Gloria Heni'y. 

Boots : Warren . . .. ....... Stanlciy Clqinents 

Jeff Stuart . ..^'„ . . ..vDaVld Briiee 

tiatalie Gunther . , ; , , .Paula Bayniond 
RadcUse MalbBa..v.4><.i Harry .Cheshire 
Abe. . ..... . ... l>; , . ; w .Dpoleiy : WUsbn 

George. . . . v- . . ; . . .1 ... .iTaok:, Ingram 

{.Hendricks . . '. . iv .- i.v..Nels'on ^'Leigli 
Joe. . . . .. .v.- v.. .Bill Cartiedgc 

.Pete.;.;; . . ; ,,..Syd .'Saylor 

■• A series of horseraees ^lus a 
inild sprinidihg. of : the :huiidian 9ni-. 
mal -and a dash of plot do notcom- 
finally awakens, his. conscience and ' pnse entertainment. Inept formula 
he swings to the other side, finding was mixed for "Racing Luck" with 



catastrophic results. "Luck" rolls 
through :65-minutes at a meaty pace. 



range, heroitte who flrist battles add 
then loves BJitchuiii. Robert Pres- 

_ ton makes an oily villain, whose 

Grant relents, they clinch and with i false charms fool Mitchum as well 
perfect timing; a preacher an- : the daughter of his chief rancher 



new self -respect . and love .• before 
the finale. 

Mitchum is the cowpoke, a role - , , , 

he hendles with skill under Wise's I'aces, humans or plot footage 
realistic direction. Barbara Bel | T^hesps gather 'round foi the old 
Geddes registers strongly as the college try but to little avail. 

■ - - . - - . Gloria Henry, Stanley Clements 

and: David. "Bruce f611oW : director 
William Berke's waiid very closely, 
bvit ^le' ...Wi'agifc sticfc is . without 



series, generates a fair amount of 
ridin', shootin' and figbtin'. There's 
some feudin'r too, for the yam 
hinges on a long standing quar* 
rel between two grandfathers. An 
unpretentious oatuner, the film 
is average action fare for the duaU 
and Sat, mat. trade. 

Cast in his usual dual role^ Star- 
rett does yeoman work in {latch- 
ing up liard teelings between the 
tnatemai and paternal lorandr- 
fathers of moppet Anita Castle. 
Former, who's . suspected: of -I>eing 
an outlaw, makes off with the gU'l. 
This touches, off a posse hunt, an 
attempted lynching and a variety 
of gunplay. In his role of the 
Durango Kid, Starrett bags the 
true:- culprit paving the: way for 
the customary happj^ finale. 

Interspersed m the footage are 
several tunes contribbed by the 
foui' Sunshine Boys. Smiley 
Burnette also warbles a song and 
holds up the comedy end in so-^so 
fashion Stairett convinces as the 
champion ot law and order while 
Steve Darrell and George Chese- 
bro are okay as the rival grand- 
pops. 

Ray Nazarro's direction is stand- 
ard. Production values of Colbert 
Clark reflect the maximum out of 
the low budget. Lensinan Ira H. 
Morgan's photography is adequate 
while Jerome Thorns .edited the 
film do'wn to a concise 55 minutes. 

Gilb. 



The Guin«>a 

(BRITISH) 

London, Oct. 27. 



failint* ♦« ffomarMiB infiiraci- in ' Pathe release of Pilgrim P)0tHire»KHippO 
lailing to generate interest m p^i ciudice John Boultlngl prsdoctioh. 



nounces himself to work out the 
wedding details. . 

In a long part that keeps her 
within camera range for the full 
length of the fihn, Miss Drake's 
performance is a tour de force in 
the romantic comedy vein. She 
displays a remarkable range of ex- 
pressiveness, going from pathos to 
frothiness with -firm control, 
Grant, handling his lines with ap- 
propriate acidity, plays with skill 
and Wit- Tone, in a brief role, and 
Diana Lynn, as Miss Drake's side- 



opponent; and the settlers. Walter 
Brennan, settler who loses his son 
m the feuding, Phyllis Thaxter^ 
Tom Tully, Frank Faylen, Charles 
McGraw and others capably add to 
mood of the film: 



power. Ensuing lineup pitches all 
the way. 

Sam Katzman failed in his pro- 
ductional chores witli a poor 
screenplay by Joseph Carole; Al 
Martin and Harvey Gates and di- 
rector William Beike fails to give 1 ruch 

•- • -■ •- - -■ ' ' Bessie 

;Larna Beckett 



Piptin-p's nAPP has a falsp sense P"^ ? P*"^ worthy of interest 

ot^Zr%ieZti.»rA^^l^'"I^^ JlLei/glarces™''"'"'' '^^f^ 
eral tough moments of action ^ameia gU nces. Free. 

There is a deadly knock-down and ... . 

drag-out fist fight between Milch- , Indian AgonI 

um and Preston, a long chase- _ Hollywood, Nov 9 



stars Richard Attenborough; Sheila Sun. 
Directed by Roy Boulting. Scrc«ivl*y by 
Bernard IMUIes, Warren Chetham Starodet 
adapted from stage play by Wanren Chet.- 
ham Strode. Editor, Richard Beats musie<' 
John Wooldridgci camerai Gilbait Xaylor. 
Sheets Kelly. At Carlton, London. Run-, 
ning.tlme, ft MINS. . 
.lack Read. . . . . .Richard: Attenborough 

Lvnne Haitley . SbeOa Sim 

Mr. Read . . , ; . ... : Beraaid Mliea 

Mr. Hartley V . ..... . CecltXrauncer. 

Nigel' Lorraine ...... . . . . .Robert nemyng 

Mrs. Hartley...,, ... . ..EdHh :Sbarp« 

Mrs. Bead ; . . 1. - ■ . i . . , .i:. Joan Bkkson' 
Ronald Tracey i.Tlaa Bateson 

Gregory Clhr* Baxter 

BuckCon Basil Cuiurd 

.;..JoIm Forrest, 
Maureen Glynne 

Breaida Began. 

Sir James Cociield Hubert Iiomaa 

Miles Minor Antha«y Mtwley ' 



anross snow - rrivprpfl fnnilnlains' RKO release o{ Herman Schlom pio^ 
across snow coveieu luouilidins auction. Star.s Tim Holt: features N<>ah ! 



' Typically' British ^ in flavor, Wiaiv 
ren Chetham Strode's play of the ; 
rural schoolboy who is sent: to an 

wiaua x^yiui. «■= i"-™ x^.M.-- " , , i- i. *ir i. ^ , o,..,., «at.,„.-, i,.,..„ RXGluwve public school asan cx- 

kipk both contribute strong sup- 1 and the climax gun battle between Beery, Ji , Richard Martm. Nan i csiie. periment, has been brought to the 
KICK, iMiui cumiiuu e, r p^gsto^'s henchmeu and Mitchum, ' Harry woods Director, Lesley seUmde. tgcreen by the Boultina Bros, with 

^'^Matchmg the script's roguish ' Brennan and Miss Bel Geddes that ?S j"'S«„t;''». tlM, ' sincerity"^ and ca?e Not X an? 
air this nroduction is buffed down aie loaded with suspense wallop bi 00k jradeshown Nov 3, '48 Running means in the big picture class, it 

to kWpolUh although no lavish Tlftron Warth's production un- «4 .n>s. , ^^^^j^ ^.^^ ^^^^^ 

settingi are evident Topnotch dei; the_ executive supervision ^^^^ Yilato 



gay background score integrate all scenic locations against which to Eii™ Ha^S"wS^K '\^!''"^' 

Sspects ot this film for maximum film the story Nicholas Musuiaca's hiuhms Kich"? p^S^i^ Tiie 



HcTm 



camerawork gives the phy.sical 
values fine lensing Editing is good 
B?of/ 



^ ^..v...... , - iteiiiux r'-Niii--,^v."3j.* lioinc.^^^^^^^^^^ 

rameid woik expert editing and a Sid Rogell, has supplied topnotch ciuto Richard wai tin ! insular theme is likely to 

" ■ • — J — t.^ — +„ wii»„ '"" .success in the American mai'ket, . 

rhe guinea pig in the. tacperi- 
TOrJuo&^!',/r.vr,-;i'.!*;r.CTa^^ ment is . Jack Read>' :s6n -of a siib' 

Niohois . . . , .,:.'; . , Robert ^ray urban shopkeeper, whose admis- 
si'ionft- I' ^:V'VlV/.7.^y.■.■.■.^il^d%S16 sipn one of Britaln's exclusive 
W'ovoRa . 1. '.'.*. Iron Eyes Coti.v public schools brings him at oriCe 
,,, V. ■ , . "tr— into conflict wiili tradition. 

Indian Agent measures up as .The role of Read provides Rich- 

f-atures waiter ■■ . ^ . .. „ „ f^.°''^y^^\™ ^^f*"^ human 

teatures auction. Features Richard Basehart, Scott Wherever there S a demand for film ivu'l i) 'c -1 f,. ill. it/, *n Hjit 

Grable on vocals Other also B'L'nn.in I'Inn.s IhiUei, Frank Faylcn, g^^^ Directed bv Alt.-ed Wcrke. »Xnp« 

Wa^-l,!.; "Dr il,„ w„ -d^Ji, lom unu Clmlei. Ml G I aw Directed by ' screenpla> , John C Higgim,, Crane Wil g<»"OPerS iniS Will UU IDe Dili anu l,e looks CVeiV bit the SChoolboy. 

listendble is B\ the Wav Both ^„,,„i v\,sc suicnpu% IjUic Hayward, ^ a,aiog. Harrj Essex, or^ IS particularly good foi Fiibl class pel loimaiice is contrib- 

aie lepused \Mth solos and pro- adapuuon lUioW bi.umate. Luke s^^^^^^ J 1 Saturday matmee uted b Cecil ■l ie u^^^^ 

durfion niimhpi bafkmw fioni a nuvcl in feluiit tamera, ^.''JVil^^ < fditor. Alficd DeGaetano. mu>;>r, Leonid in„,„ ' "'Vp <-ccil Jiounccr as ine un- 

IJ?,!* . T J * > 1 1 MubULica pditoi, S.WUC1 E Beet'«> naab Tradeshown N Y N<u 4 '-iS , , , ,. , jt 1 WlUins but con Sited housemaster, 

Walter Lang s direction IS lively Tradeshown .\o\. S. '« Running "mc | Running time, w mins. 1 Plot deals With a crooked Inclian and Sheila .Sin a, his daughter. 



corn and hokum of the hurley gag 



and ai ( Be st ot the two ne« songs i, «'^o<,t',';'rBoiiu\ \u"chum! Birt^'a^^B^i 
are ' V.'hal Did I Do"'," with Miss Cefuic? ItoboU P.tslon features Waiter , 



He Walked by XigiK 

-Eagle -Lion release -of Brvan Fo.v pro- 



and' warm in handling the good. 86 -mjns. 
scnpt bv Lamar Trotti Screen- ( Jim Garrv 
pla\ follows closely the original 1 ^'^l ' . v.' '. 

plaj'; in telling of marital team of { Kris Barden . 
Skid and Bonny When success Carol Lufton ,., . 
goes to Skid's head. Bonny gets a JjS* Lutto." " 
divoice Skid takes to the bottle ' Miio sweet 
Bonny returns to straighten him , -'oe ^shotten^^^^ 
out and there's a reconciliation fori Fi-eii » rdcn , . . . . 

the finale. iTed tiscr... ...... 

•Tdck Oakie and June Havoc are ' ^"J, Tittcrton 
peilectly at home in the atmos- : Bart Daniels. 
phere of this one and provide a lot 



Davis Morgan 
.. Robert Mitchum , Marly Brennan 
Barbara Bel Gotldes , Police Sergeant Breen 

. . Robert Preston :Reeves : 

. Walter Brennan chuck Jones. ... . . ; . . . 

. ;. . .PtoUiS-Thaxtcr 



''"'''"'l^ou^Br'idv* ' ^8en*, m cahoots with an equally and Robert Flemylng as the tutor 
Rov iiohcrts crooked freighter, "rhcrscheme to , broWde the not too obtrii^vfe ro-. 
T^' r«SSS!i{ ' i'^®"^ food^ siipphe^ destined for iiiianflc itSterfeSt. Bernard Milte* 

nvms inax.ii cardA/eii , the reservation to the moie Kicra- ' and Joan Hickson, as the boy's par- 

Snk Fallen r.;.„ip T ,nn's"liil^iftion formula ^l*** market The red- • ents, and Edith Sharpe. as the 

Tom iuii\ Kagle Lionb production tormuia ^^y^^ unhappy but the scheme housemaster's wifi> turn m enpc- 
Charie. McG.a« foi .iction faie has clicked again .working NMthout a hitch until ■ tive Shes Mwo 

'^'"•i^m Tucf I" Walked by Night" Bryan Holt and his buddy, Richard Mar- sKetcftes^ Myro. 

George Cooper Foy has turned out another pack- tin, become suspicious and manage 
Richard- Powers age of dynamite that will rank to deal out some stern sixgun 
"ySn Si" With "T-Men" and "Canon City" , justice. 

Robert Bray as surprising wicket spinners This Holt is a good western hero, m 
pic is a high tension crime mellec I appearance and actions, and Mar 



IVo R«M»ni at the lu 

(BM'nSH) 

London. Oct- 26 
Pathe reiease^f British National (Ivan 
FoxwcU-I 



, »^ »,» i.u.ii uiiE diiu M>uviu«.- <i lui. r- . I - , - , ... . , . , , . - - .,.,..v«„Oui» H, Jackson) production. 

Of the Diihch that h^Ins sell the . , a .1, »* ~ supercharged with violence but tin makes an excellent teammate to stars Freda Jackson. Joy Shelton, Uer- 

show JiS?mv Gleason IS cood al ^'^^^ ^" . sP'-"nS "-"'^^ ^""^^"^ handle the lighter moments Skull- '=S?''^'rbJ?r''lt.'J.,,':i,*1Si5 f'.^' 

thrmanLgw^and R?chaid Arlen tightly - duuMi western diama Top credits, for this film, ual- duggery is capably projected m the ^^SJ^S^ X^^y^.i'o'l.Tr^J;^ Vit 

iincher who goes fm Miss Grable Theie's none of the formula ap- lop is shared equallj. b.v the sev- westein manner by Harry Wood.s as ,9»rt«w»^^^^ 

pleases Excellence of stars and p^oach to itb stors telling a switch, fial, scripters. director^ Alfred the^freighter and Richaid Powc.s ^:*',^.'. ''fiSS'J*'^?' ^"J'iXa'^^tn.nt 

feature players is reflected dow n t,,.,t Jopsn t add to it< 
the line by supporting pertormeis i^-i .-. ^ait-el 



Alfred "NewmMTmusI^^^^^ general maikel Howe\ei , Produced on a relativelj modest fonnula pattern a hit and Lcsle\ {}Vt"wPte?i'. : . ' 

tion is solid, as are the orchestial, name o£ Robert Mitchum prom- budge m this inflationaij era this Selandei s direction keeps thint;s Norma Bate. .. 
arranepmpnts anrt vnrii fliip<<tmn i_,t.«i V. n attpntinn pic lollb up all Of its resources foi , racing alont? at the pioper pace loi war^ OTiane .... 

arrangements and vocal dii action iggs some initial bo attention ^r^ti ate quality impact It accents an oater. Heiman Schlom s p.o- ?,7u„e' ""^ ' 

For the , connoisseur . of adult, the essential einemattc ingredients i duciion guidance fmrnishcs good Spiv stranger.;',..' 
v^esterji fiction there is appeal, but j of plot, pace and characterization ; sight values for biidget and lensing [Rg^^eV?: . 



. . - — -— - , ises some initial 

A sharp. eve-fiUing -lensing job has „ ronnoisseur 

been turned in by Harry Jackson *^<» connoisseur 
Dance direction, settings and 



the average fan isn't likel> to go within a workable fiamewoik ii> «Pf rt 

ine average Wil • ,7 shorn of fol-de-iol trimmings < Noah Beeij .Ti . plavs an Indian Ronnie 

for the understatement and giauu- ^ straightforward docu- chiet m this one and hasn't much CotmciUor green . 

ally developed plotting. i mental v-style saga of a psychotic to do Also with httle to do are nS?,? EdrtoT"??!"' 
Picture captuies the crisp style (,m biilliant killer vho is tiacked Nan Leslie and Claudia Drake 



. . . . Freda Jacltson 
Joy Slielton 
Hcrraione Baddeley 
, . . . Joan Dowllng . 

. Ann Stephens - 
.Harcourt Williams . 

Niall MacGinnis 
; . Sydney 'l afler 
Fiank Pettfn"cll 
. , , Betty ■ mackler. ■ 
Jdl i,ibbs 
. ■. . .Robin Netschor 
Wylie Watum 
James Hu^-ter 
. . . . Eliot Makeham 



direction,,, settings 

editing are commendable, 

Kvery Oirl Shmild Be 

,RKO icieaM'^'oLlr Hartman (Dore ^ used"bi ~l uke Slioil in writing his down " "through doge;ed 'detective since femme interest is kopT to a Reliance on legil material is al- 
Scharj) production, directed bj Haitman I western novels and ticket iHivers ^^oiij 'laken allegedly troni the muiunum, which should please the most becoming a chronic complaint 
Dt™ Ly™f B?tV D«kr Al^S'sim^^^ diiTeiont^appioac i hies of the Los Angeles polire de- kiddies. Brog. ,vith British prodnceis nowadavs 

Screenplay, Hartman and Stephen More I V ill find a load ot exciteirent, paiinient, film Opens With the — — — 1 "No Room at the Inn " was a very 

Jrtlr S™?."' f. deadly menace and high action brutal murder of a cop and foi- , 1* est of S«»nora , I successful West End stage play. 

Sikoft' T&;5JshS*wi'N "not* s^'J* Bun- 1 Performances are all above aver- ^ i^^vs through in detailing the crim- (SONGS) and the picture version bears obvi- 

ning Ume, »5 MlJiS; tu^ r^^^.t . .. .. - - - . . 

pr Madison Brown 
Roger San*ord. i . . . . 
■lulie Hudson . . . ; . , . 
. Anabcl Sinl.i : . , ..... 
Mr Spitzi-r 
Mary Nolan........ 

Sam, McNutt . , . . 

Gogarty . ..... .... 

Soda ricik 
VIollill^l 

PieiTe .:....:::.-,, . 
Sfijeslaay .- 



I age. fitting ably into the mood imal's career while the dracinet is Columbia release of Colbert ciark pra- ' ous tracM of its theatncal origin, 

Fran?hit''T,mc''^«"S»'t,''^ Robert VV.se's d.rect.o^^ diiction stais a^^^^^^^^ fc iuiie. bemg leslncled in settin!?s and 

Diana Lvnn The LiUic Ilawvaid sciipl^ tiom angles in this all-male operation to by uav N.^.ino 011,-111.1 sueenpLu 



Bctiv Diake Hal Old Shuinale s and Short s slou matters down 
Eutii"ethn'l?<So^\ adaptation of the latter;s^novcl, has 



Starting m high gear the film «?;i';V'Y Nov 2. -48 Kumm, 



Richard f,iincs none ol the Iheatiical flambo^ancc mcieasos in momenlum until the 

itarr\ Havdcn gi the commercial westeiH plot vet cumulative tension c\plodcs in a Sl'^i."""""' .,1^] 

'■'ileon^H'"?'™ geneiates its ov.n brand of mlei- povvciful ttime-doebn-t-pdy climax ||^1,?v^S**if 

ricil r.ssiei cstins tension .Sinking elTects are achieved mack Murphv 

Anna Q ^.u^on ^^^^ ^^^^^ ^^,^|, ^ j^^^^ cOMpoke tbiougti counterpoint of the slav- ^^f/,,?,,,^"'"^ 



--. , c-i ,1 TI -IT 1 who iides into a .section ot lange er s ingenuitv 111 eluding the cops sandv cimton 

Is nV„^'\ m"' ^^'1',"''' countrrvvherc laiicheis and set- and the police eftic'encj in bung- Brook 

c c^tLt a e"at«atl'inXd s^^^^^^^^^^^ let" are batUing Bioke, -he h-res ing h.m to book lUgh-spot of tlie i=| ""^ 

c,cs mat aieaiwajs in good season to an old friend, who is film is the final sequence which The 

Hipl^^ ^ ?• ♦i^"' schemms with an Ind^^ agent to ' takes place In L A 's storm drain- 1 Gradually the young-iters are over- 
theme of the war between t e ^^"f " ^"f ^^^^^^^ piomotinR age tunnel system where the killer 'West of Sonora," another in whelmed bv the degi-adation and 
lui Ictil SLSrs' Dorilartman tl e eud^Hu c sness of his friend tries to make his getav^a>. but fails the Chailes Starretl (Durango Kid- (Continued on page 16) 



lacking in .; movem.eijt- .Nonethe- 
less, it ;isn't lacfeih^ in dramatic ■ 
values, but its fate jin AmeMca is- 
predetermined: by the overwhelm- 
ing use of Cockney English, which;, 
dominates thie 'entire script. 

Retaining a dose affinity to the 

Oeoigc oiiginal it s a storj' of evacuee and 

H*i Ttiiateuo orphaned cliildren who are boajd- 
. . .Bob Wiik*'! ed out With a drunken Woman, who ; 
\Snii Var? I 'Se^* ^"'^ «>» scraps While -.li* 
The Sunshine Bays | soaks gm at the local public house. 



Barry Sbipnian; camera, lr,'i H, Morgan 
editor, Jerome l:hoin.9. At r^ew.Vork thi*. 

tiirie, 

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Charles Star, ett 
Smiley Bu]n*-tle 
Steve Dan'ell 



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Germans Lapping Up U. S. Comedies; 
'Turtle,' len on Horse' Favorites 



Berlin, Oct, 26. ■ 
German audiences are doing a 
rave over American drama and 
demanding new ideas on the stage, 
according to Dr. Eugene Bahn, the- 
ati'e officer of Military Govern- 
ment's Education and Cultural Re- 
lations division. 

"The idea of the stage existing 
for its own sake — ^purely for enter- 
tainment or for the completely free 
expression of Ideas instead of a 
means of education — ^is a compara- 
tively novel one, especially to the 
Nazi-imbued youth," he says. "But 
it has caught hold. While some 
German critics are still loath to 

■ concede drama evocative of laugh- 
tei: is worthy of the sacrosanct 
boards, American satire and com- 
edy are nonetheless packing the 
houses." 

The theatre office. Dr. Bahn 
points out, isn't a propaganda 
agency. One of its main jobs is as 
a' publishing house for representa^, 
tive U. S,' plays which have been' 
cleared by: the civil division of the 
■Army, for production in Germany. 
It handles translations and neces- 
sary business arrangements, and 
makes copies for consideration 
available to directors who; ask for 
them. It uses no pressure and the 
phenomenal, demand for. American 
drama is therefore the moi-e 'strik- 
ing. 

To date 195 contracts have been 
negotiated in the U. S. Zone, 134 
in the; British, 40. in ihe Soviet and 
12 in the French. In all, 45 modern 
American dramas are available to 
German theatres, and most of them 
already have been performed. 

Mo.st amazing success to date 
has been "Voice of the - Turtle,'' 
which has been produced in 55 
cities in German ( includingji several 
-in the Soviet Zone) and has played 
precedent-breaking runs in all of 
tliem. Its popularity is the more 
remarkable in that an actor of : a 
defeated nationi in the hero's role, 
wears the uniform .of .the con^ 

■ queror. There is . also a .nice , point 
(of little significance to ' Americans 
but having a decided effect on Ger- 

' man audiences) in this soldier's 
. putting on an. apron and washing 
dishes, 

.•. Second in popularity has been 
"Three Men on a Horse" (in 42 
cities)^ Explanation seems to be 
tliat it brought to German audi- 
ences totally unfamiliar but appar- 
ently irresistible elements — fast- 
paced comedy, lively repartee and 
tlie ridiculous situation. 

^Thunder Rock' Scores 

"Thunder Rock" (in 41 cities), al- 
though not a success on Broadway, 
has been extraordinarily popular 
here, as it also was in England. Its 
philosophy, coupled with the reali- 
■: ties of threatening war, causes -it 
to speak with marked directness to 
German audiences, • according to 
Dr. Bahn. 

"Our Town" (25 cities) delighted 
both audiences and critics and set 
off controversies over whether this 
play was "typically American" or 
"universal." "The Skin of Our 
Teeth" (16 cities) got wide critical 
acclaim and "Time of Your Life" 
is having great success, both criti- 
cal and popular. "First Legion" 
(24 cities), "Biography" (24 citiesi 
and "On Borrowed Time," also 
were well received, as was "The 
Patriots." 

"Family Portrait," well liked in 
the U. S., flopped here. Germans 
called it "sacrilegious." The Berlin 
performance, however, given in the 
Soviet Sector, was well received. : 

"Ah Wilderness" also flopped 
here: Germans just can't see any 
drama in juveniles or adolescents. 
"Kiss. and Tell," which opened in 
Berlin, got a chill from the crilics 
but was a boxotfice success. "Of 
Mice and Men" was praised as a 
study of "social and metaphysical 
significance," "Ethan Fronie" 
flopped. Germans said it was "too 
heavy." Yet "Mourning Becomes 
Electra" clicked in 15 cities. 



Current London Shows 

(Figures show weelts of nm) 
London, Nov. 9. 
"A La Carte," Savoy (21). 
"Anna Lucasta," Majesty (54). 
"Annie Get Gun," Col's'm (75). 
"Bless the Bride," Adelphi (81). 
"Bob's Your Uncle." Sav. (27). 
"Browning:," Phoenix (9). 
"Cage Peacock," Strand (31). 
"Carrissima," Palace (35). 
"ChlUern Hundreds," Vaude ((53). 
"Don't Listen," St Jas. (10). 
"Eden End," Duchess (10). 
"Edward, My Son," Lyric ^76). 
"Four, Five, Six," York (5). 
"Giaconda Smile," Wynd. (22), 
"Happiest Days," Apollo (33). 
"Kid From Strat.," Princes (6). 
"Little Lambs," Ambass. (31). 
"Medea," Globe (6). 
"Off Record," Piccadilly (71). 
"Oklahoma!" Drury Lane (80). 
"Perfect Woman," Playhouse (9), 
"Rain on Just," Aid. (10). 
"Saloon Bar," Ganick (6). 
"Starlight Roof," Hipp. (53). 
"Together Again," Vic. Pal. (83). 
"Worms View," Whitehall (80). 



U.S.Di$tribs Await 
Reports from Rio 

Major . film companies are 
withholding their okay on the deal, 
closed by Gerald Mayer, interna- 
tional chief for the Motion Picture 
Assn. of America, with the Bra- 
zilian government until they re- 
ceive recommendations from their 
own local reps in Rio, Once re- 
ports are received, board of the 
Motion Picture Export: Assn.- will 
meet again to vote on the pact. 
Previous MPEA meet developed 
considerable opposition to the::set'; 
tlement proposal. 

Mayer, in a flying trip to Rio, 
worked out a modification of regu- 
lations passed by the Brazilian 
price control commisision which- 
limited rentals on American pix. 
Major company opponents claim 
the 42% ceiling; Applicable to , in- 
dividual exhibs and distribs, is un- 
workable and without precedent, 



ir$ Latin Sales Driye 

Universal is staging a Latin 
American sales convention which 
takes place in Buenos Aires, Nov, 
15-22. Al Daff, chief aide to Jfosenh 
H. Seidelman, U's foreign dept. 
head, will handle the gavel. Daff 
planes for BA within the -week. 

Confabs will be attended by all 
Latino and- West Indies exchange 
managers -of the company. Daif, 
it's said, will launch a new drive 
on British product of J. Arthur 
Bank synchronized with the wind- 
up of the huddles. 

Also leaving this week for the 
Argentine to attend the conclave is 
Robert Weait, treasurer of the 
Rank Organization. Taking along 
a British-made trailer of Rank 
films to be screened at the meet, 
he is planing south with DafE and 
Fortunat Barohat, U-I foreign pub- 
licity chief. 



Labor-Industry Shakeup Forecast 
Following Strike at Denham Studio 



SOVIET ASKS U.S. FIXERS 
FOR FARIS SCREENINGS 

Paris, Nov. 2. 
■ Soviet Embassy has requested 
I local reps of U. S, film companies 
' to screen product for selection 
following the recent picture agree- 
ment made by Eric Johnston, pres- 
ident of the Motion Picture Assn. 
of America, in Mo.scow. However, 
it's under.stood that the list of 100 
films which the Rus.sians are to 
draw from is still being prepared 
by homeoffice toppers. Hence it's 
, unlikely that there'll be any im- 
{ mediate screenings. 
I Johnston's pact calls for the So- 
' viels to pay flat sums in dollars 
' in New York lor American prod- 
uct. Pictures are to he purchased 
in blocks of 20. They're permitted 
to make deletions from prints 
from pix they choose but can in- 
I sert no- additional material. In 
I addition the Russians are to do 
their own subtitling and cutting. 



Leiarge's Pic Buy 

Andre Lelarge, head of Euro- 
pean Copyrights and Distribution, 
has acquired the U, S, release 
rights to the French film, "Guille- 
metle Babin." He's been in 
France for the past si.^ months 
looking over new product. 

Picture is a Guillaume Radot 
.production in association with the 
Union General Cinematographique. 
Prints are expected in New Yoi'k 
sometime next month. 



Gambling Casino Given 
Okay in Wiesbaden 

Wiesbaden, Oct 26. 
Authorization of a gjimbliiis ca- 
sino in Wiesbaden has been made 
.by the Military Government in 
llicsse. Recently similar authoriza- 
I tion for the casino al Bad Homburg 
was announced; 

City-controlled gambling houses 
in Wiesbaden date back to 1771.: 
In 1810, the Kurhaus was the scene 
of large-scale gambling. Through* 
out the years, during wars and 
revolutions, gambling has always 
'played aii important part in the his- 
tory of this area as a source of in- 
come in the vacation playground of 
(lie wealtliy. . 

The gambling hou.ses remained 
closed ior a time after tlie first 
world war. Then once again Wies- 
baden became famous as a gambling 
I centre, remaining as such, uhtll the 
'beginning of the Nazi regime, when 
I it was 'ended by "highest order." 



Elsa MaxwelFs 'Variety' 
Story on Venice Film 
Fest 'Started Somethin' 

Rome, Nov, 4, 
"L'affaire Maxwell," an Italian 
tempest stirred by Elsa Maxwell's 
Variety article. Sept, 15, in which 
she blasted operation of the Venice 
Film Festival, is gaining momen* 
turn in Italian cinema circles; In; 
addition to several editorials, the 
film critics, whose judgment were 
special targets for Miss Maxwell's 
barbs, are rising to nieet the "chal- 
lenge"- with sharp counter-attacks 
on the U. S. columnist, : 

Latest rebuttal has come from 
Giorgio Prosperi, in Italian trade 
magazine. Cinema, which has just 
reappeared after being suppressed 
as the official governmental organ 
under the fascist regime. Stating 
that Miss Maxwell's comments in 
Variety "deserve to be set 
straight" even though her name is; 
"not one that, impresses a film 
critic," Prosperi charges that her 
resentment ..towards the Venice 
Festival has its origin ■ in her 
friendship for Orson -Welles, who 
withdrew his "Macbeth" as a festi- 
val entry. 

"Miss Maxwell is a good friend 
Of Orson Welles; considers him her 
discovery, protects: and exalts him," 
Prosperi , writes. "As opposed to 
her few notions of , esthetics, 
Welles' illusory talent, his rebel- 
lious poses, his isecond . hand in- 
tellectualism represent the ulti- 
mate in her conception of . the 
stage and screen. AH of which 
failed to budge in the least the 
jury at Venice which . . .denied 
their vote of approval to Welles' 
mediocre and . pretentious *Mae-^ 
beth.'' Hence the ire of Miss Max- 
well and the undignified move of 
the director (Welles) who, . seeing 
that things were taking a turn for 
the worse, removed his picture 
from the competition." 
I (In Miss Maxwell's article in 
I Variety, Welles is .quoted as fol- 
l lows: "Why risk my picture, which 
i will never be shown in Italy, be- 
cause you cannot dub Shakespeare 
and 'Macbeth', is only intended for 
an English-speaking audience, I 
prefer 'Macbeth'- be judged by a 
; public that is intelligent." Miss 
1 Maxwell said, VI. do- not think: we 
I Americans should enter, into these 
; Festivals any more. They are run 
I badlyi the jury is prejudiced and 
also ignorant,'' having just been 
freed "from the mental prisons'" 
they were "completely incapable 
of sitting on juries to judge inter- 
national, pictures produced in free 
democracies.") 

Why then, Prosperi. asks, did the 
Venice jury award prizes to Lau- 
rence Olivier's production of "Ham- 
let"? Prosperi also denies that 
the Italian crix were in "mental 
'prisons" during the fasci.st era, 
1 Claiming that "not for nothing 
I were names of the best-known the- 
atre and film f.ritics of Italy on the 
files of the f/iscist police." 
j Ascribing to Miss Maxwell the 
idea that the reason why Italian 
critics disliked American films Was 
their opposition to the ^ Marshall 
Plan, Prosperi says, "Sec how the 
pen of someone not used to re- 
flection can twist things." fin her 
Variety article. Miss Maxwell 
made no reference to the Marshall! 
Flan, either directly or by implir 
catior. — Ed.] 



Argentine Radio Clamor 

Buenos Aires, Nov, 1, 
The Argentine networke are 

: doing a considerable amount 
of juggling with their time- 
sheetSj' trying to accommodate 
the large number of would-be ■ 
sponsors clamoring . to buy 
space to advertise the wares 
for which they can no longer 
obtain newspaper spaco. due- 
to cuts in paper imports 'and 

: a government decree fixing the ■ 
number of pages each sheet 
and magazine can print. 

With sponsors jostling one 
another on their doorstep* the 
webs have to contend with the 
government's continuous requi- 
sitioning of time for official 
broadcasts, especially in view 
of elections for Congressional 
representatives, due to take 
place next March, The opposi- 
tion parties, naturally, have 
never yet succeeded in wrest-" : 
ing time from the government- 
dominated webs, but the Pero^ 
nista party is . already cam' 
paigning on the air for free, 
both in individual party "pur- 
chases" of time, and through 
the official -speeches. 



Talk French- Jap 
Fihn-Prod. Deal 



Tokyo, Nov. 1, 
Deal between the French Dis- 
cina Co, and two Japanese studios 
for the production of French films 
in Nippon is under consideration 
here, 

Francois Chevalier, Tokyo repre- 
sentative of French, Cinema Ex- 
porters Assn., returned to. Japan 
this week from 'a. three-montli so- 
journ in Paris, where he discussed 
the ; deal with Discina's Andre 
Paulve. He; is now negotiating with 
the Toho and Shochiku - . studios 
here with a view toward establish- 
ing a Franco-" Japanese 'Studio to be 
financed by the French association. 

Chevalier also announced that 
Jean Cocteau, French poet-^novel- 
ist-playwright-film director, would 
come to Japan in December, along 
with an a.ssortment of. actors, ac: 



London, Nov. 9, 
The British production drive to 
fill 45% of the domestic screen's 
playing time under the new quota . 
was seriously snagged by a "wild-, 
cat" labor walkout at the Denham 
studio last week. Following set- 
tlement of the four-day strike 
which held up production on three 
features and cost the Rank Organ- 
ization upwards of $20,000 daily, a 
.complete shakeup of industry-labor 
relations loomed as a preventive 
measure against future unoffi- 
cial" stoppages. 

Immediate problem of the in- 
du.stry is to resolve the Denham 
dispute, which has ended on the 
basis of official union talks with 
management; To: ease...the atmos- 
phere. Rank has agreed, purely as 
a personal gesture, to extend the 
notices to the 92 workers who were 
regarded as surplus. 

Labor unrest has:'been a symptom 
of the production, side of the in- 
dustry during the past year; owing 
td^ the large number of studio 
vorkers who Jiave been unemployed 
over long periods, at a time when 
they feel that full employment 
should exist to. meet the increasing: 
product demands of the Quota-Act^ 
Shutdown.: of studios and large- 
scale sackings, which have been 
going on since the crisis a . year 
ago over the ad valorem duty, has 
led to a cynical attitude among all ; 
grades of workers, who now fear 
that unless they take the. law into 
their own hands and take unofficial: . 
and unconstitutional action in dex 
fense of their own Interests, the 
employment situation will become 
steadily worse: and will ultimate!^ 
effect wages and conditions of em* 
playment. 

Despite the unanimity among the 
Denham workers, their efforts to. 
extend the stoppage to Pinewood 
proved unsuccessful, but as a ges- 
ture the employees there agreed 
to contribute a minimum of two 
hours pay to. aid the strikers, after 
flatly turning down overtures to go . 



out in sympathy. 



Test U.S. Pix in Uruguay 
Befi[)ire Arg0i^^ 
Quota Nix Held Remote 

Montevideo, Nov. 1, 
; ; Uruguayah [^udieti^s^'Uve getting 
releases of . the latest Hollywood 
tresses, directors and cameramen, ! pix long before these will be seen 



and would produce a film using his 
own script. 



BRITISH, FRENCH TO 
OPEN QUOTA TALKS 

London, Nov, 9, . 

British industry is to open im- 
mediate talks with the French gov- 
ernment on the restrictions im- 
posed on the distribution of British 
pix. in "France, which allow only 20 
to be shown in a year against the 
121 allotted to the U, S. 

Following representations made 
by Harold Wilson, president of the 
Board of Trade, to the French gov- 
ernment, three: British producers, 
Air-Commodore F.M.F. West; Sir 
David Cunynghame and Major 
R. P. Baker, have been warned to 
hold themselves in ):eadines,« to go 
to Paris at a moment's notice. 



by audienibes in Argentina, just, 
across ' the Riyer pljite, and dis 
utprs 'are thus iiWe to test them out' 
on Sotith Aniericah: audiences ^be-? 
fore they tome; to trial before the 
more widely . ! soi>hlsticated Argeii- 
tine patrons. ' 

ParampUnti.: for. instance al- 
ready released "So Evil |Iy ; Love" 
in Montevideo, Avhere it has: been 
grossing big £it the Ambassador. As 
things stand at present, it is doubt- 
ful wiiether Argentine fans vvill see 
this; picture before 1949, jahd if the-. 
Argentine government d(^^^ actu»; . 
ally : establishi ■Stm^iap^^ 
it may not be 'i*ieleased'.b)e{ore^^^i^^ 
middle of the year. < : ' 

The return from the U, S. of Am- 
bassador Jamais Bruce; Without: any 
special financial deal being, reached 
between the U, S, State. Depart- 
ment and the Argentine govern-^ 
menti bas dash^ any: hopes distriW 
utbrg '. ^na^ ii^ye = ehtertained of • 
■wardiiig off 'the film quota blow,' 
ni\e y ArgeritiniB gpyeriimeiit: :iia8 
even cut down on private remit- 
tances abroadi so acute is tfe^^ 
,age of foreign exchange. All iuxuiy: 
, AT , 1 land' even essential imports are be- 
en- u T^'"' „ „• !■ , |ingcuttotheminimuih---andthertf 
boUUcr shows in Japan are play- ; doubt that picture imports 
ng an increasmg part in keepinf ^^in ^^^^ ^^^.^ ^^^^ 

itbe others. :■• '-y.::'-'^'' 



Gl Shows Keep Soldiers 
Entertained in Japan 



..I 



Tralee Basis for Pic 

Dublin, Nov, 9. 

"Rose of Tralee," song made 
famous by late John McCormack, 
will be basi.s for picture .skedded 
by Harold Young Productions, Inc., 
New York. 

Exteriors for film will be done 
in Ireland. 



army's occupationaires entertained 
With a staff of 33 professional ac- 
tresses, directors and technicians , «. a. , J> Ti i n i. 
as the nucleus, the program relies fldrS. HlarCIianO S UA TOSt 

i heavily on local soldier talent to ; : 
' round out casts and keep stage i 
1 shows playing throughout Japan i 
I wherever American troops are sta- t Umted 
I tioned. 

:l Ten companies are in action 
' most of the time. Shows produced 
since the program started early 
; this year include "The Drunkard," 
! "You Can't Take It With You," 
1 "Dear- Ruth," "Three Men on a 
I Horse," "Out of the Fry-ing Pan." 
"The Warrior's Husband'' and | 
Claudia." Currently on tour arc ; Georges 



Pia Marchand has been 
managing director of 
Artists' interests in Swit- 
, 7,erland. Former assistant to UA's 
previous manager Paul Rappaport, 
she's believed to be the only- wom- 
an holding down such a responsible 
. position for an American film com- 
I pany abroad. Rappaport resigned 
(rom UA recently to head up David 
'. O. Sclznick's distrib outfit in Swit- 
zerland. 



Neuffer, former UA; 

"George Washington Slept Here," , salesman in that country, has been 
"Petticoat Fever," "Kiss and Tell" ' named general salesmanager. He 
, and "The Warrior's Husband." , and Mrs. Marchand will operate 
; Now in rehearsal are "Angel . under the general supervision ot 
; street," "Arsenic and Old Lace," , Georges Rouvier, UA's general 
I "Over il" and "Bom Yesterday." ' manager in France. 



18 



nCTITHES 



Wednesday, November' 10, 1948 



looksUkeU,ELan(IOllierUi.Iiidies I'^Z^mt^ 



May Boiefit Most in Ramk s Circids 



London, Nov. 9. ■*■ 
J. Arthur Rank's continued re- 1 
luet:(nce::to book all-American dou- 
ble bills on his two major circuits ! 

may liave as its net result a boost- 1 jj^^ Picture Film Editors. Local 



Ing of Umversal. Eagle Lion and a j^^j y.. International Alliance 
number of American mdie pro- \ . Theatrical Stage Employees, at a 
ducers to the top ta acket when the meeing last week in- 

hrst year's $17,0W),0Q0 from thel^jy^g j^^^ B^g,, president; Marc 
Anglo-Amencan film pact is por- .^^^ ^ Robert Dworsky, secre- 
tioned out among Yank distribs. L ^ j hn Oxton, treasurer. 
Filmites here also see the prob- 1 " • 



Hollywood, Nov. 9. 
Fdx*West Coaist*!! second venture 
into exhibition of commercially 
j spbrisi^red filtti? will b)B "Biggest 
Inch," 10-minute eineColoir short 
on the TexasrCalifprnia natural gas 
I pipeline which opens Thursday (11) 
New officers elected by the Mo- 1 in outlying theatres, and comes 

into firstruns around Thanksgiving. 



Bush New MPFE Prez 



ability that some of the big Amerr , a »» • w j xu j 
lean companies will find tliem- 1 Leonard Hein, Fred Ahrens and 
selves trailing U. EL and theiRob«t Klaeger. Charles Wnif» 
others in their share of the coin. , ^vas named busi ness rep. 

Rank i.s stUl refusing to book 
major product; except that' of IJ 
and EL, on the Odeon and British- 
Gaumont circuits after the first of 
the year. Situation is so acute that 
George Weltner, Paramount's lor- 
eiyn chief, who is here on a per- 
sonal clieckup of the tangle and 
other reps: of American companies, 
liave been confabbing with Rank 
toppers before taking the final 
plunge by selling away from the 
Rank circuits. 

If Weltner and the others de- 
cide that ; no agreement can be 



New members of the tru.stees are 



Wolfe 



Walker Not Dittoing 
Mitchnm; One Pic In 



reached with Rank, they will prob- coming up for the immediate pres 



Gircuit's usual Sates ot $10 per 
thousand admissions Will be paid 
by the Southern Califprnia Gas Co, 
Vvhich is sponsoring- WiU, be 
screened rin appro3dro*itiety lOO the* 
atres in area served . ifciy cpmt>any. 
Fifteen prints being used. 
. Several nibnths back, F-WC 'and; 
the': parehi chain. National The- 
atres, screened Liggett & Myers' 
"TobacGO Land" in. 450 houses to 
approxinialely 2,500,000 people, 
bhly one written protest, was re- 
ceivoii and liie ciggie firm reported 
sales, up. ' 
"Inch," blown up: to 35m from a 

n^I 1J«„« :«,«il6m 2S-minute subject, was then 

KeleaSe, none toning l processed in Clnecolor. it doesn't 
Rnhprt Walker actor who re- '^^tempt sell gas appliances or com- 
Kobeit vvaiKer. acioi wno re pa„y_ and doesn't even mention the 
ceived widespread press coverage produced by Juan Hutchin- 

when arre.sted recently in Holly- i son and Perry King, of Polaris Pic- 
wood on a drunk-and-disorderly } tures", it tells of the building of a 
charge, has only one picture cur- ■ $83.P00.000 project to assure ample 

, . , , „ ' gas supply to this area, 

rently in release and no more ° 



Film Reviews 



Cwitlnued from pace IS , 



ably give the greenligbt to a long- 
term policy of selling indie houses. 
However, all Yank filmites here 
agree that there is entirely ; too 
much product for the indies to ab- 
sorb completelyi The r.e.?cntly 
sharpened competition for play- 
dates in these indie houses has al- 
ready driven down the rentals 
which can be extracted from them. 

$400,000 Take 
' Aside from the . question of rent- 
:«lst it's generally agreed that the 
available houses free from the re- 
gime of Rank or of the Associated 
British circuit are not enough to 



: year'! 

the most advantageous position of 
any American company on the 
Rank circuits. Umversal wliich 



bound by the ban against booking 
American and British films on the 
same bill which Eric Johnston, 
prexy of the Motion Picture Assn. 
of America, laid down during his 
recent stopover in England. 
EL . and U expect increased re- 



ent. Film is Unlversal's "One 
Touch of Venus," for which Walker 
was loaned out to U by Metro. 

Situation, consequently, is unlike 
that of Robert Mitchum, who had 
several pictures completed when 
he was arrested on a narcotics 
charge, prompting RKO to rush 
and 



Ask Govt, to Take 

.,v ''^ London, Nov. 9. 
into release "Rachel and the Direct approach is to be made to 
Stranger" after preliminary tests .the Gov«rnnient : iiiit$fin ; tb« 
proved most audiences were sym- few days to take over all idle studio 
pathetic to Mitchum's plight. Re- ; space, following the announcement 
action to Walker hasn't been rer i from Warner Bros, that it is closing 
corded one way or the other,, ac- its Teddington outfit, which had 

^ _ cording to execs of the Capitol the- ' been dark since July. 

turn"in Wg"" filVrVeniier"Against i f'^e. N. Y., where "Venus" opened } unjons- fi^t request to Harold: 
that factor, it is pointed out that 1 1^'" ""i^' , Wilson, Board of Trade prexy, was 

a film package booked on either of i ? moderate ?»".""U "unng lis , ^^^^ ^.^^^ original closure an- 
Rank's circuits means a minimum 1 1"'"*^ stanza out mats auriDuiea ^^^^^^.^^^,1^^^^ ^^^^ ^^^^ ^j^^ 
revenue of $400,000 for the dualer. I *9 generally uniavorame press re- j, ^nd was followed by the cre- 
With eight pix booked before the I ^I'^^Yf ■ ^f^J^^ „ " 1„ „„i" I ation of the Film Finance Corp. As 
ear's end. Eagle Lion now is in i talker feeling among the cus-\^^^^ j-j.^ j^^^ ^^^j^ ^^ ^ 

lomers. , ■ i quickly enough to save the studios 

Walker has heen on leave from | going out of business. Wilson will 

_._ Metro for almost a year for lea-j face renewed labor and parliar 

has a half-dozen bookings comes sons of illness, but remains under , ^entarj' pressure for a complete 
next with the remaining pix scat- contract to that company. His last | takeover of the Teddington stages; 
tered among other distribs, mostly ' M-G release was Song of Love, ; and to make them available at 
indies. Both U and EL are not ! which went out in the summer of economic rents. 

1947. . ; ; ■ I Advocacy of such a policy has 

i already been made by ispme ^ UhiPn 
I interests in the evidence given tb 
,1 the Government probe 6n stttdios. 
Which is to be pubUshed Within a, 
month as a l>arUanieatitry; #^ 
Paper,, : . ■, ■ • 

;Growing difficuities of British 
production, at a : time' ■ 'when : the 
greatest scope is needed to provide 
the product to satisfy the quota, Is 
leMing to a tighteil gbvernment 
grip on afifairs, ahd althdugh the 



H—m mt the 

dirt, until they are saved when 
the landUdy ts killed in a drunken 
twy. ... * 

Relieved only by glimpses of 
Cockney wit, which wouldn't ap- 
peal outside this island, it's in the 
main a grim piefce of entertain- 
ment, and sordid to a degree. 
Freda Jackson repeats her original 
stage success,' her performance as 
the brutal landlady being a fine 
characterization. Ann Stephens, 
as the kid going wrong, and Joan 
Dowling, Robin Netscher, Betty 
Blackler and Jill Gibbs, as the un- 
happy boarders, excel. Hermione 
Baddeley turns in a fine study in 
a small incidental role and Joy 
ShiiUoii makes the village school- 
teacher ,t convincing character. : 
■ ..- Myro. 

SewtufA Flesh 

(Statua Vitcnte) 
(ITALiAN) 

Foreign Screen release of Kino Film 
(IcUIo Sterbini) production. Stars Laura 
Solari, Foseo Giaclietti; tentures GamiUo 
Pilotto, Lauro Gazzolo. Dhia Clulstiani. 
Guido Cclano, QIkr Svlbelli, Checco Kos- 
sune. Directed by. CamUlo Mastroclnijue. 
Story- by Gioriiio Pasiina: cvnxera, ' Aldo 
Tonti! music. Aleiwindro Cidodiinli Eng- 
lish titles. Rosemarie loppolo. Max. De 
Alban; editor, Jan>e.i B. Cahoon. Fre,^ 
viewed In N. Nov<' 3; :'4S. Runnlns 
time, 105 MIMS. 



'Hamlet' B. 0. 

Continued from page 3 ; 



$17,000,000 is based on gross bill 
ings, their' share will be that much 
larger..,: , \- ■ 



turns in- the British market while with American revenues of British 
other companies are facing a de- , films in addition to $17,000,000 
apportionment of the I y^,^^^]^ the Yanks can draw annually 
from Britain. / . ■ :\ 

It is now believed that the pessi- 
mistic $1,000,000 figure set as the i industry is vsUll a' Ittng'w^ 
extent by which Yank distribs could j it,y threat^ «1 nifionaUzatiOn, the 
i benefit from British revenues in i teridehcj' to greater WhitehaU dom- 
1 the U. S. for the fust year is too f ination and control is becoming a 
I low. Most of the credit for the re- j di.sturlling factor. 
I vision is given to "Hamlet," which ! Although the Teddington closure 
'•Let them leave us alone .so that 'l^^becn doing sensationally at the .is precipitating the demand for 
we can continue the good job we \e f.^ °- houses where it is now play- more government intervention, 
done up to now." "Evei-ybody is i '"fr : , Warners has made continuous ef- 

trying; , to put a spoke in the I ■ As result of the film's strong re'^ forts to keep the studios Open; but 



lATSrs Walsh 

; Continued from page 7 s 



we cannot afford any longer to 
stand the cost of upkeep." 
When the Teddington plant was 



wheelSr"- he.saidi rapping both pro-, t u r n s, Universal, co-distributor 
ducers and some labor unions who' : with Eagle Lion of Rank product 
didn't understand the industry's iherei is experiencing a sharp up- 

probiems, . turn in its weekly rentals from I reopene at the start of the year 

: The lA topper's sole objection I British pix. Figure which had been I WB faced allegations that Ameri- 
to the non - Communist affidavit ; down to a low of $20,000 weekly I can companies ; were dominating 
provision of the T-H law was that has already climbed to the $50,000 I studio space in Britain; and conse- 
it is too narrow* "If they continue- marker although the pic "has been ;qucntly answered those charges by 
that clause,!' he said, "it should be S booked, so far in : few situations. I turning the stages over to indies, 
broadened to include every union ! With a s p e e d u p of bbokings "Now," says Arthur S. Abeles, Jr., 
member and every Congresssman. i planned for the- next two months, 1 WB managing director for Great 
I think that something should be i U's weekly returns on Anglo pix i Britain; "we have been answered 
done about Communism because I are expected to , climh to a new ' in turn by the failure of independ- 
: its loyalty is to a foreign power." 1 high, : ents to hire the space." 

♦ivfl^^w" T'fu *t" »«=''"!.n'^*'«- ! Us take is almost all giavv be- ^ Since .January only two pix have 
#n^. p^hI^? H^""' "^^^^^'Ti^i'se "Hamlet" is been Icnsed at Teddington, and 

«inL/™l\ Education which I at distrib rental which averages i"'"?' J""y. when the first batch of 



sackings took place, there has been 
no filming at all. 



^IfTh'l^^'»i^lnirft?^ 1?^^ ^O^i:. Moreover, ad expenses have 

lip the Democratic vote, said he , n„t oroven nrohibitive since U '. 

Meri tbor'f LCtl^'l-""" ' unde?ta°W„g ?0% ''of the'^^d nut 
eolith's The f^^^^ ^? t h « l?hn." .'"«»'n^t the exhib'a 30%, has not 

tional AFL convention at Cincia-:„^'^^^^^^'>^^\ ^ 
nati next week. "If it's continued. " Promising outlook for "The Red i 

Walsh said, "we'll do better next , Shoes, ' being roadshow by EL. also ■ „^ ^„ „a,..rrs 
time in the job of supporting our, sweetens the outlook of heightened ' °„j'r repayable over a perfod of 
friends and punishing our ene- revenues Fi m has been given a i ,^,^^,.3, years at 4% interest Ex- 
^ T'V ^""i^S^^^^oJ. ?L?ies l-SintTr- 



British LQaii$ 

Continued from pace 3 
a years program of 18 features 



I vi^here it has opened. 



The advances are made' by the 



. V-I Keeps 15 Scribes Busy 

Hollywood, Nov. 9. ' Rank has a number of big pic- ' FFC to (ii.stributors'ratheVthan di- 
Writing mill at Univei-sal-Intcr- tures which will hit the American rectly to producers as the distrib 
> national has 15 scribes at work on market within the next 12 months, is required to guarantee them. He 
13 stories indicating a burst of pro- Included are "Christopher Colum- , is also required to insure proper 
duction activity. bus," Fredric March starrer, and \ distribution of the films and other- 

New U-I production policy calls , "Scott of the Antai-ctic," film desig- ' wise act completely as the midtiic- 
for at least three pictures before nated for the British "Cpinmand i man between the government jmd 
the cameras at all Umes. .Performance." jtlie producer. 



(In Italian; EjiflUsh Titles) 

Obvious but interesting yam 
about a wolfish sailor and a simple 
factory maid has.several things to 
recommend it. Although film's ap- 
peal is limited largely to Italian- 
speaking trade. It will do okay in 
art houses catering to that trade. 

Drawbacks to more general in- 
trest are a " somewhat - hackneyed 
story, its -slow pace, some blurred 
or dark camera .work and careless 
subtitling. Dialog is obviously 
loosely translated and doesn't do 
the script justice. 

Yam has a sailor (Fosco Gia- 
chetti) on the. prowl, trying vainly to 
pick up a shy maid (Laura Solari), 
falling honestly in love with her 
and finding his affection recipro- 
cated after they formally meet. 
She's killed in an accident on their 
wedding day, and the sailor takes 
to drink. Friends drag him off to 
a dive where he meets a dame 
(also played by Miss Solari), who 
startles him by her striking facial 
similarity to his dead love. Al- 
though- he sets up housekeeping 
with her, he broods over ' his old 
love, and when taunted by the 
other, kills her. 

Story isn!t morbid, although the 
way it telegraphs its situations is 
a little trite. Picture has authentic 
mood and atmosphere for a good 
deal of appeal. Wharf and seacoast 
shots, and bistro interiors, lend 
much reality, and performances of 
cast are good. Miss Solari, doubling 
as the two lead femmes, is very at- 
tractive and strikingly contrasted 
in two r dissimilar roles, handling 
both with skill. Giachetti's per- 
formance opposite is also superior. 
Camera catches some neat shots; 
but . lighting is occasional ly dull. 

Bron. 

Long l8 Hie Road 

(GERMAN) 
I.opert (A.storia) Films release of Inter- 
national Film Oreamzatton (Abraham 
Weinsteln) production. Stars Israel 
Becker, Bettlna Moissi, Berta Litwiiia; 
features Jakob Fischer: Directed by Her- 
bert B: Fredersdorf, Marek Goldstein. 
Screenplay, Karl Gcorg Kulb aiid Israel 
Becker, based on original story by Becker: 
camera, Franz Koch: music, Lothar 
Bruhne. Previewed N; Y, Nov. S, '48. Run- 
ning time, 7fi MIN'S. 

David Jelin . Israel Becker 

Dora Berkowlls Bettlna Moissi 

Hanna Jelra Berta Litwina 

J'*?''-^?"!! Fischer 

Senior Doctor : . ...... . , ,otto Wernicke 

and Doctor . . p.ul DaWke 

Farmer Ale.vander Bardini 

Mr. Liebermann David Hai-t 

Partisan Mischa Nathan 

Chodetzkl H. L. Fischer 

(In Yiddish, German, Polij!;), Eiig- 
'lish; Enfllts/i Titles) 

First picture to be lensed in the 
American Occupation Zone of Ger- 
many, "Long Is the Road" Is an 
honest and poignant story of the 
displaced persons in Europe look- 
ing for a homeland. Cast, though 
mostly professional actors, are 
nearly all D.P.s themselves and 
much of the story is said to be 
woven out of their own experi- 
ences. Film is a sure bet for the 
art bourse circuit, tor which it's 
grooved in this country. 

Original story centers around a 
single Jewish family from Warsaw 
Its uprooting by the war and .sub-- 
scqucnt determination to find a 
new place to live. Number of 
newsreel clips bridging the early 
sequences gives the picture a docu- 
mentary form wliich sharply points 
up the theme. As such, the film 
represents honest propaganda for 
the European .lews' dearc for a 
homeland in Palestine— which • is 



emphasized currently by the battle 
' in Israel. All-around excellence of 
'the: casti story and direction, 
! though; makes the . picture able to : 
. stand on its own merits. 
. Screenplay^ penned : by Israel 
Becker and Karl Georg Kulb from 
an original by Becker, pulls no 
punches in getting across its point. 
Some of the concentration camp 
scenes are especially grim. Story 
has Beckert as the son, separated: 
by the Nazis from his mother .and 
father. He joins a Polish partisan : 
troop, while the father is killed : 
by the Germans as "unfit" and the 
mother is shifted from one labor: 
camp to another. With the war 
over, the; mother and son, after 
criss-crossing Europe in a search 
for each other, ai'e finally reunited- 
— but they still have no home.' In- 
terspersed with the main plot is a : 
postwar romance between the' son., 
and a displaced German girl. 

Becker does an admirable job . in 
his dual capacity as writer-actor,: 
.\lthough far in appearance from; 
the accepted Hollywood iuve type,y 
his fine thesping job will grow on 
the audience as the picture pro- 
gresses. Equally standout is Berta 
Litwina as the mother: A Polish 
star before the; war. Miss Litwina I 
gives a finely-shaded characters 
ization to the tragic role. Bettina ; 
Moissi,, daughter of the former . 
Max Reinhardt actor, Alexander 
Moissi, is appeallns as thq Ger- 
man girl. Jakob Fischer is fine as 
the father, and the rest of the cast, 
down to the smallest bit part, turn 
in good performances under the 
knowing direction of Herbert B; 
Fredersdorf and Marek Goldstein. 

Dialog is mostly In Yiddish, but 
there's also considerable Polish, ' 
German and some English. English 
titles are adequate to follow the . 
story. Production mountings are in 
keeping with the grim mood of the' 
picture, which Is also aided by the : 
low key lighting and Lothar 
Bruhne's score, which Includei 
several w.k. Yiddish folk tunes. 
Franz Koch's camera work, for the: 
most part, is good. Stal. \ 



8 MAJORS NAMED IN 
450G ST. LOO SUIT 

St. LouiSi Nov. 9. 

The Frisina Amus. Co.; its sub-' 
sidiary,' the Frisina-Mexico The- 
atres Co;, and eight distributors 
last week werO' named: defendants 
in a $450,000 anti-trust suit filed 
in the local U. S. district court bj^ 
Louis M. Sosna, Moberly, Mo., for- 
mer owner of the Sosna, Mexico, 
M.O., which he sold to the Frisina 
Amus. Co. in January, 1944; 
: The petition alleges that in 1940, 
in response to demands of mer- 
xhants- and civic biggies in Mexico^: 
Sosna mulled a plan to open a the- 
atre in that town which then had 
two theatres, one of which had 
been closed for 15 years. When 
the rumors of a new theatre open- 
ing bedame known, the petition 
states, the closed house was re- 
opened for two days a week. Sosna, 
in his petition, charges that he was 
promised by representatives of the 
distribs that he would receive 
first-run film in sufficient qUanti* 
ties to operate the house he sub- 
sequently opened. Later, the two 
other houses were sold to the 
Frisina interests and then his 
troubles with the distrtbs began. . 

In Januarjr, 1944, Sosna said he 
was forced to sell the Sosna to thf 
Frisina-Mexico Theatres Co., and 
compelled to abstain from: com- 
peting with them In Mexico for 10 
years. Because of this Sosna's peti- 
tion charges that he lost $150,000. 
He is seeking treble damages. 

Besides the Frisina organization, 
the other defendants are Loew's, 
Warner Bros. Pictures Distributing 
Corp.. RKO Radio Pictmes, 20th- 
Fox, Paramount Film Distributing 
Corp.. Columbia Pictures, Uni- 
versal Film Exchtinges and United 
Artists. 



Majors Settle With Nick George 

Detroit, Nov. 9.: 
Another anti-trust suit bit the 
dust this week when Nicholas 
George, local exhlb suing the eight 
majors for an Injunction and un- 
stated damages, settled his action. 
George received a small cash sum 
and an agreement that his All^n 
Park theatre will be given a better 
run. 

George had filed action in 1945 
in Michigan federal district court. 
He had charged that the Mel (Par- 
amount) was being favored oVer 
his theatre In violation of anti-trust 
laws. 



Wednc^uft November 10« ,1949 



19 



JOHNNYS 



TRANSAUANTIC PICtURf 



THE 



DECISKHU 
OF 



IINMfAnERIIM! 

WRRIIERS SIMSHnEIKMM OlMMXIf 48 



THIS WIU BE CONTINUED AS 



Warners 
put it on the une 

IN 1949 




THI NEW TIAK STARTS WHH 

ADVillTURES 




IN COLOR «V 



TECHNICOLOR 




20 



nCTUIIES 




(Col) poor $2,000. 
Orvkemn <RKO) (2.600; 35-74>^ ' 



Seattl<^ W Fffie 13G, 
'Julia' Terrif IIG, 2d 

Seattle. Nov. 9. 

Fleet week and football crowds 
are boosting bjz here this week. 
"Song Is Born" looks sock at the 
Liberty. "Good Sam" at Paramount 
and "Race Street" at Coliseum 
aUb shape fine> 

Estiiaates tmt This Week 

BI«e MMse tH-E> tSOO; 50^>— 
^'Anartinent P*ggy" 13M)th):. and . . . . . 

"Bte Pun**" tW») (4th wk). JNice /'Velvet Touch" (RKO) and "Prai- 
$3W0 in 6 days. Last week, okay , rie " (SG). Good $13,000. • 

$3[700. 

Caliseum (H-E) fl.877; 50-84)— 
"Race Street" (BKO) and "Olympic 
Games" (ED. Good $9,500 in 8 
days. Last week. '-Retum of Wild- 
fire'* (SO) and "Jungle Goddess 
(SG), slow $4JMI0 in 6 days. 

IKth ATC««e tH-E) (2,200; 50-84> 
—"Julia MisbebaTes" (M-G) and 
"Secret Land" (M-G) (2d wk). 
Great $11,000 after sock $14,000 
opener. Holdis again. 

Uberty (lnd> (1.650; 50-84)— 
"Song Is Bom" (RKO) and "Leath- 
er Glove!^ fColX Big campaigB' 
helping to land smash $14,000. Last 
week, "Night .Has 1.000 Eyetf' 
(Par) (2d wk), slow $3,300 in 4 days. 

Mnsic Box <H-E) (850; 50-84)— 
"Touch of Venus" (U) and "Sword 
of Avenger" (EL)f f3d wk). Excel- 
lent $4^. Last week, $4,200. 

Xnsle Bdl (H-E) «2;200; 50^84)— 
"Hc^low Tiiumpb" (EL) and 
"Mickey" (.EL). Ve»y dim $4,500. 
Last week, "Peabody and Mermaid" 
(U) and "Mrs. Crane" (EL), slow 
$5J00. 

Orphema (H-E» f2,600; 50-a(>— 
"Belinda". (WB) and "I Surrender" 
\Co\). (2d wk). Still big at $10,500 
or near. La.st week, $12,600 



PHILADELPHIA 

(Continued from page 12) 
Sock $6,500. Last week. "Sorry 
Wrong Number" tPar>. $4,000. 

Mastbaum tWB) (4,360; 50-99>-- 1 u » , 

"Johnny Belinda" fWB) fSth wk>.| That's reaching houses far _do»n 



L 



Selznick-UA 



StUl holding near initial pace at I the line, which" it isn't proQtable 
$20,000. Last week, «(Ck $22,500. \ for the limited SRO ^A^, 



fix (Cummins) (50O: 50-94)— "No | only an occasional single picture 
stealer Sin" (Indie) and "ChUdren | to peddle, to contact. Neil Agnew, 

on Trial" iJndie) Od wk). Solid | until recently SHO prexy, at- 

tiempted the experiment of reach- 



DENVER 

(Continued from page U) , ,^„,„„„^, ^...^ . 

(2d wk), and "Triple Threat tcol), creater Sin" (Indie) and "Chadren | to peddle, to contact. Neil Agnew, 

,„ . on Trial" iJndie) Od wF " 

Denver il-ox) (2,525 d5-74)— .Tntui Toet *jek $8 000 
"Rope" (WB) and "Big P«nch " . ^'Sey «WB) <2.9X 50-99)- 
(WB), day;date with Bsqmre^ Web- ..s„„,j,e^ Yankee" (M-G) (2d wk). 
ber. Big $18 pop or c ose week. ^^.^".^"Jie^. Last week, mod- 
"Time of Lite" (UA) and "Thunder- , . _-| f^w, 

hoof" (Col), $16,(000. ' StontoT^WB) (1,475; 50-99)- 

Es«uure (Fax) (742; 3>-74)— ^A„^i7Vith Dirtv Faces" (WB) 
"Rope" .WB) and "Big Punch" .^ng^s With W * 



; wk), $9,800. 



Grid Gane Tdts Ilpis4 
Yankee' Great $14,000, 
'Soig' Sockeroo (17,000 

Minneapolis.- Nov. 9. 
Weekend hnsiness-was boMeied 



Last 

weelt, "Pirates" (M-G) and "Secret 
Land" (M-G), fair $15,500. 

Parameunt (Fox) (2,200; 35-74)— 
"Cry of City" (20th> and "Dog 
Rusty" (Col). Thin $8,000. Last 
week. "Northwest Stampede" (ED 

and "Spiritualist ' (ED. $8,000. "—1.--;^ w Wh.li 

RialU fFoxJ (878; 35-74)— "Hairy i •ga™ here 1^ »fi"*„"*'^£™^ 
Ape" (FC) and "WoK Man" (FC) ' crowds attending Mmnesot^Pm- 
(reissues). Mm $2,50a Last week, j due game which set a new rttend- 
"Apartment PeSy" (20tb) and ance record of 66,593. Principally 
Michael O'Hallmn" (Mono) (m. , benefitting vere such majiM new- 

1 comers as "Apartment for Peggy.'* 
(Fox) (750; 35-74)— ' "Southern Yankee." "Sonit is Born" 
'Bope'* (WB) and "Big Punch" i and '^Coroner Creek." "SonT 
«WB), also Denver, Esquire. Tiiin ; shapes as standout of week. CoW 



o.), $3 XWO. 



Pie Mistry £«■ 

Key to Continuance 
Of Freedom Train 

Washington. Nov. 9. 
Freedom Train, largely backed 
and supported by the motion pic- 
ture industry, may get another 
year's lease on life. Big problem is 
one of financing and whether the 



ing these houses by mail, but it pjctme industry is willing to con- 
proved only nunorly successful. j y^yg carrying « share of the nut 

As a result, if UA enters into the | for the additional period, 
deal, it will not only handle the Freedom Train was due to wind 
post-key sales of future Selznickjup Sept. 20, but has received an 
product, but will attempt to pick | extension until mid-January. Now 
up the unsold _accounts of the ^ there is a plan under consideration 



regular run of "Duel in the Sun" 
and of "Mr. Blandings Builds His 
Dream House," "The Paradine 
Case" and the reissue of "Inter- 
mezio." The only film coming up 
is "Portrait of Jennie." which DOS 
promises for Christmas' release^ 
PA Can Stand It 
The deal with UA ia seen as 
mutually advantageous. Company 
has a full sales staff on the road 
with its own product and the ad- 
dition of the Sebnick films would 
be no burden; particularly ina»- 



to continue it for a year alter that. 
Instead of rolling it into all lUnds 
of towns for short visits, the 
scheme oivisUins long stays at key 
centers with e^ccundons from sur- 
rounding points to vlsU the train. 

Matter is expected to be de- 
cided early In January at a meet- 
ing of the officers of the Heritage: 
Foundation, the group supporting 
Freedom Ttain. Another possibil- 
ity is that Congress may take the 
train over from the Foundation 
and operate It. Heritage Founda- 
tion is understood to have spent 



much as UA is light rtfi releases, ■., nnn noA 

It is understood that the deal calls HP.^^^L "1 ^^""''j?™.''?."^ 1'"! 
for UA to get a percentage «t the 



entire income oC each new film. 
This, along* with the iMnin for 
iriiysica] distribution, wnold hclii 



$2,000. Last week, "Northwest Pas- weather is a stimulus to bii still ux'j nut of almost tmSM 



sage" (ED and 

about same 



"Spiritualist" (EL) 



HODT STARS BOOST 
'BODYGD' 35G, CLEVL 

Cleveland. Nov. 9. 
There's a slew of husky hold- 
overs which came through the elec- 
tion slump better than expected 
this week. "Hamlet" at Ohio and 



is not: iHg.. 
1 Estimates for This Week 
Century (Par) (1,600; 50-70) - 
"Tatlock'.S Mlllion.s" (Par) : tm.o,). , „ ^, , . 

Well-liked picture soaring to verv ' staff, thus reducing the $25,000 
nice $7,500. Last week, "Peabody , weekly overhead under which he 



a- ''week. 

At the same timev the deal would 
permit Selznick' to further trim his 



the ttain to itt present u.se as a 
faur^arproofv fiEeproof mu.seum on 
wheels. Banning costs include the 
railroad crew, publicity stalT, 
guards, etc. 



and Menaaid" (U) $4,800. 

G^pker (Par) ' (1.000; 40-50) — 
"Thunderhoof ' (Col) and "Triple 
Threat" (Col). House has practic- 
ally adopted dual policy. Light 
$3,000. Last week, "Secret Land''- 
IM-Gi and "Return Wildflie" (S-G), 
$2,500, 



WILCOX STILL PLUGS 

AN6L01S,^W^^ 

There;'''diQUld.\M';'n' .unutficattiion; at 
tfae.oBritidi''and\Aniei£^.;iil'ni':;'^ 
'dttstries.' ^tadependent'':':: produ'cei*/'' 
Herbert Wilcox declared upon . ar- 
as\hTdecUninFboxofftee"sri^rhe'^ New Yoi* from England 



is curmitly staggering with an inr 
sufiicient amount of product in i«- 
lease to keep bis men profitable 
engaged. Sebnick is consideratriy 

on the hook with SRC, inasmuch 



established the distribution or- 
ganization 2*-2 years ago has large- 



Saturday (6) on the Queen Elixa- 
betb. Such a step, he feels, can't 

hurt either side. To clarify the 
advantages of closer ooOperalion 



S«S?j;u^r7S*S ,ty«.Par)a,(,00;5^7(»-^^ 
Palomar .Sterling) (1,350; 50-84) , ^i^^^^J^^ ' lanT" ^ "K | ^-je^^ta. wouldjiandle^i^^^^^ five , ^.^^ ^ ^^^-^^^^ 

r7Z^^'/irish"?"fo;h)'''^2?\C)^ ^h^tTasnrSeriSliS ^^^^^^f^'f' J'^f-S "'7""^'- 

'Luck ol Irish (20th) lun). „_^„i, „„':._ ^ ,„ . , „„„ „„, ' • u i- jiu^oi • i - j- i ment called for top Bnlish st.ir.s to 

Okay $5,000. Last week "Out of ''"^''^'i ses^^^^^^^ Put fCorwin) i3pO; 5(^-70^ -- It is behoved that Selzmck s for- ! ,„ake films in America and vice 

Storm" iRep) plus Mills Bros., I ,,r''"" „t\:"',oVj.'^ vinn, Bloed and Sand" i20th) and eign staft will continue to handle, „„rsa 

others, on stage, fat S13,200 at ^^l^,^^.^^';^^ Zo^'^^X' "^^t ^^^\e^^ ^^''^J!^^'^^'' ^ 

.-G^o^onr^KI'o;^*l?d'="tf^on-^i« *2^;«ories,if.hedealisconsummated.;?ee,'^bTh^frhfchtfpr^^^^^^^^^^^ 
Ranit'' (BKO).''°'in?^$l^ (4.400; 50-70V i Should UA handle Sel.nick dis- ' and directed for RKO release in 



tribution, it would mark his return 1939 and 1940 respectively. 




braceable You" (WB^ (2d runs,). 55- /O1-- Damned Indie) (2d \vkK ■ 7 
Good $4,500. Last week, "Gu.vs J^*"" " to S2 800 following 'fine $4,- ■ Kaye's popularity holding this one 
Texas" (WB) and "Foreign Affair" I "'J'*'?-'^'- lolio. up. Comment divided but likely 

(Par) (2d runs), nice $4,100. ! ..O*"? 'Loew's) (1,200; 90-$2.40)— , will hit socko $17,000, up to par 

; Hamlet lU) (2d wk). Slnding for Kaye film takings. Last week, 

I along rapidly with $17,000 on heels ! "Walk Crooked Mile" (Col), $11,- 

'Belinda' Boffo $16,000, i ^J^'' ""'"'^"^ 

Palace (RKO) (3,300; 65-90) 



British Ban 

Continued from page t 



nate from small minds;; for a. man's 
political beliefs should have no 



Port; 'Julia' Big ll|G|:'Bo^'5euifld' .(RKO) plus Horace 



! Heidt's New Stars on Parade unit 



Portland, Ore , Nov. 9. | onstage. Great 



$35,000. Last 



RKO-Pan (RKO) (1,600; 50-70)— ■ bearing upon his films. 
nnnT"f T»m> ^echt drew the wrsth of the 

X' fine S8 200' exhibitors' organization be- 



"Johnny Belinda," "Rope" , and | week. "Station West 
"Jiilia Misbehaves" are getting the l wk). mild $14,000. 
real coin at boxoffice currently. | state (Loew s) (3,450; 55-70^ — 
"Larceny" isn't doing anything in i "Re^ River" (UAi (2d wk). Still 
the u ay of biz. "Good Sam " and ; robust at $17,000 alter initial 
"Apartment lor Pegey" are still week's fast $23,000. 
tops among holdovers. I StilJman's (Loew's) (2,700; 55- 

Estimates for Thi*. Week , 70) — "Sealed Verdict" (Par). Okay 
Broadway (Parker) (1,832; 50-85) , JIO.OOO. Last week, "Southern 
—"Hope" (WBI and "Embraceable Yarikee (M-G) same. 
You" (WB). Sock $13,000. LastI H"PP (Warners) (3,700; ,55-70)— 
week, "Paradine Case" (SRO) and' Johnny Belinda" (WB) (2d vk). 
"Daredevils of Clouds" (Rep) (10 Still hotsy at $22,000 after smash 
davs), $10,700, - $28,000 opener, 

Mayfair ( Parker) 1 1 500; 50-851— 

"Larceny" lU; and "Blondies' Re- 1 PITTSBURGH 
ward" iColi, Thin !H3 000. Lh.st ' frn^Hr,,.-.^ loi 
week, "Doctor Takes Wife" (Col) | .. 'Continued from page 12) 



State (Par) : (2,300; 50-70) 
(RKO) (2d "Southern Yankee" (M-G). Arlene 
Dahl, localite whov plays feminine 
lead-, made p.a. opening day.' Skel- 
ton picture should hit great $14,- 
000. Last week, "Time of Life" 
lUA), !t;o,500. 

Uptown (Par) (1^000; 44-(Bft> 
"Bate With .1 udy" (M-G). Okay 
$4,000. Last week, 'T^ifd. (Blirs 
Texas" (WB), $3,500. 



War temporarily shelved his 
\ scheme but he now expects to work 
out a joint production pact on his 
current visit. Walter Wanger has 
been mentioned as in on a possible ' 
deal but ; the producer declined to ^ 
confirm the; report. 

Main purpose of Wilcnx's one- 
week junket is to negotiate a dis- 
tribution agreement with an Amer- 
ican company for three of his Im- 
perado pictures, including the lat- 
est Anna Neagle-Michael Wilding 



cause of a statement he allegedly 
made which commended terrorism 
in Palestine as well as the assas- ^ 

sination of; United Nations' medi- starrer, "Elixabeth of Ladymead." 
ator,. Count Folke Bernadotte. He ;Others • are "Courtneys of Curzon 
also has been active with the Street^' and "Spring in Park Lane." 



Irgun's activities In the U. S. 



Accompanying Wilcox is his wife. 
Also arriving with the couple was 
Sir Arthur Jarratt, managing direc- 
tor of British Lion, which releases 
the producer's films in ■ Britain. 



Cold Warms Omaha Biz; 



Yank Cast Clippers To 
Paris on 'Condon' Prod. 




$2J500. Last week, sock $4,400 



Oriental (H-E) 
VJohnny Belinda" 
Jiind- Locked Doors" (ED, day-date 
wth Paramount. Sock : $6;000 or 
near. La.-^t week. "Good Sam" 
(BKOi and "Shed No Tears" 'ED 
(6 days), wow .S5.900. 

Orpheum (H-E) (1,750; 50-85) 



(2 000- so^si)— ' ""^^''P sizzling $22,000 shapes nice, 

(WB)' and "Be- ''l^^^,,,,,,^ fgoQ. „„„ ■ Estimates for This Week 

"Hamlet'' im . Got 
but rave reviews are helping it; 
Close to $9,000, considerably .under 
capacity but iinpressife -,-Advan<;e 
sale just • fair. ' Lai^ ' Week, "Sotith 



ACT Feels Ditto /' ' • 
,; London, Nov. -9. 
Assn. of CJne-Teciiniciains has re- 
fused to Join in a resolution inade- 
by • the Cinematograph Exhibitors 
nv. > . . _^(As»ii. whic^ demands a boycott oi^« 

raUV Si^atinn JIC'*'^ written by Ben Hecht. The 

l£Mf OMUttil an ACT contends that the personal 
^,r• L Omaha, Nov. 9. ' views of writers, however obnox- ] Cast and execs of "Miss Con- 

.lu"-"^!.." S^i*" ^'u"* they may be regarded, should don," to be filmed in Paris this 

ex- winter, planed out of New York 
purely Saturday (6) for France. They in- 
cluded Mbntgornery : Cliit,. who is 
tentatively set id sta^:; ;;Bets^^ Blair, ; 
femhie lead (she \v;as kccbinpsuiied ; 
by. her hu5l)|iind, Gene Itell.'s! ); 
Miclier Berhfeiini , direfetbr;: Butfi 
Roberts, dialog dipMdt'. and iPeter 
Guisicfc, head of Cusidk Intirrt^- 



'Station West" 



HvifC-^'llowlv „ Paramount (Tristates) (2.800; 16- 
Hv,i> Slow ly 65)— "Apartment lor Peggy" (2bth) 



20tb Exploring 



Coiitimicd li'oin page 3 : 



Birsi2 000 fast week "So.^^^^ Henderson, general counsel Otto tional Films, which will produce 
Y-mkee'' (Vg? $11 00(> ^oegel and NT veepee Dan Micha- the pic in association with Com- 

Orp,.e„m (Tkstates) (3.000; 16- York h^'«>«"«t«-s i« New pagnie Continentale Cincmatique, 



^Good Sam", (HKO) and "Shed No , J^^^ee ,M-G> and ''Secre ..f^"'|';,YT.:.^l'.'7;Pr'f I'^it ' T>yenlieth homeoffice spokesmen ' . "Miss Condon" 



is an adaptation; 

same 



»n« «-i /_ ^ I . . and "Shpfl Kn Tp-ii-u" iFT 1 i.i«,..iVh», ^ "c'lucui iiuuieonice .spoKesmen ' jv*is>s i.-onaon ■ is an aciap 

7"^^- $2^n il fi lvl""-* ' $11 000 Las week •'Drc-.m GU^" e"»P''asized that ho definite plans from last year's novel of the 

$5,700 in 5 days Last week also ™ " days. ri. ' .■ .'-'V.^Jr ;rt<.K., urcara uiH fn,, riivm-^imct v,n,,„ nn.vi«, h,, jn;»* r. 

Cteiental. sock $10,400. ' Senatw (Hairis) (1.750; 44-76)— 

Paramount iH-E) (3.400; 50^85)—' 'U) jnd "Hairy Ape" 



(Par) and- "GSllant Lesion""' I Ren) tiivorcement have yet been name by Aline Bernstein, Cusick's 



"Jo'inny Belinda" (WB) and "Be-i'tD (reissues). Former oldie got 
hind Locked Doonc" (EL), also ^S^ne extra space becanse Lon 



. situation mothei'-'in-law. Vladimir Pozner is 

is 'RKO) (1 "inn- ifi fii?i D«-'ision on now in Paris working on the script. 

West" (RKO) and ''I Su7 ^^'"^^^'i''!; company will offer a Film is to be made mo.stly on loca- 



Brand(eis 

Oriental. Big S10,000 Last week, ■ Chaney, Jr, was here at' same tlm^ lendeTDea" (Col). 'nL $8^^^'""/°'„fl;;,^l"'*'"^ ^"^f ^^^^''^ company 

"Rose Washin^on Soiiare" TwLh) on stage in "Born Yesterday " Mav ■ t-^*' 'VVB) and Jl*!!*^*''^- « expected to be ."""tching the equivalent in francs 

and "SlawTsW' °^h> (reissue^^^ *ielped some, oke S3,50d. i l«™"™wn Nowhere' (Col.\ big ™»^e»tj>« confabs. .; of each dollar expended by Cusick 

good mML ueiMues), ^^^^ ^^^^ ..^^^^^^ Crooked Mile" i i F°"»er Secretary of State James , International in providing cast and 

PlayfeoiM (H-E> (1200; .50-85)-— 'Col) (m.o.), $3,000. | Onuha (Tristates) (2.100; 16-65) '' "yp**; '"eanwhile, is reported , other personnel. No release is set 

"Slave Ship" (20th) and "Hose of Stanley (WB) (3,800: 44-76)— ' —"Saxon Charm" (U) and "Lei's "^r,*"*"^, ^"f ■?Pecific pitch yet. 

" '• - ' ' ' ' ~~ Only fair 10"^ some ! Ac 

in-Eater of divoreemerit Despite; re- i Paris was ; Cusick's attorney, Wil-' 

openihg. of the ; ina joi-s' anti-tt-ust Ham Roach, of O'Brien, Driscoll, 
State (Goldberg) (St'S; 16--65)-^:i*"fi;, . Y.. Monday^ the^^^^ 

'San Francisco" (M-G) and "Night J''^^'"^ *" '''"*^*"*^^^*^^ consult With Robert 

at Opera" (M-G) (reissues). Look.K i jenoant .eorn^aijijis from negotlsit- Goelet, Jr., Dayid Peltiianl and John 



Mile" (Col) and "Gay Intruders" 1 dim $10,000 

Onth) (m.o.), okay $1,600 in 6 days. I Warner (WB) (2,000; 44-76)— 
United Artists (Parker) (895; I "Johnny Belinda" (WB) (m.o.) (2d 



•0-85)— "Julia Misbehaves"- (M-G) 
TtitiU $11,500. Lact week. "Saxon 
Charn>" (U), fair $4,700. 



wk). Amazing $9,000 for fourth 
week downtown after fiOfiWt last 
week* 



smash $6,500. Last week, "Luxury i lo*- ft Pfivat* side deal, even while 
Liner'* (M-G) and "Secret Land" 1 0» case is beinc heard by the trial 
(.M-Cr, $6,500. [court. 



Shepridge, clients of the law «rm, 
yAta are produciiM( "Havtore" in 
Italjr. 



IfeJneBday, Novcmbei? 10, 1948 



ITS A 




CHICAGO, Apollo...DETROiT, Fox... 
CALGMIY, 6raiHi'...WU|NIPEG, Garrick 



BOSTON, Panmount & Fenway ...TORONTO, Imperial 
...ATLANTIC CITV.Steel Pier... UTIC A, Olympic 





lOS ANGELES, Orpheum, Cl Rey, Belmont, Vogue 
&Culver...VANCOUVER,Voiue...$EATTLE, 
Orphettm...$POKANE, 
Orpheum 





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hii fa/ 

BIILHE!NEM«N 

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JOAN LESLIE -JAMES CRAIG ' JACK oakie .''NORTHWEST ST^^^^ 

■ CHILL WILLS'VICTOR KILIAN 2nc T'-v ;;.- '.AME LINhLULUK 



22 



PICT1JRB9 



Wednesday, Novemlier 10^.1948 



Dewey Toik' Furnish New Script 
For Comks; Fix, Press Caught Too 



It's "Blatk Tuesday" for the po- 
litical pundits, prognosticators and 
pollsters but it's a gift to gagsters. 
Gallup, Roper and Grossley will 
spawn more yocks than anything 
since the discovery of President 
Truman's piano or the giveaway 
•hows. 

Gallup, Crossley and Roper now 
fedmit that something went hay- 
wire with their figures although 
the' latter waited almost as long 
as Gov. Dewey: before conceding 
on the ABC network. It was 4 a.m. 
; On Wednesday morning when Elmo 
Roper capitulated and then it was 
an un!:onditional surrender. "I was 
so wrong" was the refrain o£ his 
column in the N. Y. Herald Trib- 
une next morning. But the poll- 
sters didn't Stay on the canvas very 
long, They were up Wednesday 
afternoon with the proposal to take 
another poll to find out why the 
first poll was wrong. As one ex- 
pert expertized: "The fact that all 
the major pollsters missed the elec- 
tion results suggests that some- 
thing was wrong." (N. Y. Times, 
Nov. 3). 

:. . The election upset threw War- 
ner Bros.' "June Bride" for a small 
loss. One of Robert Montgomery's 
lines, anticipating a Republican 
Victory, read from "McKinley to 
Dewey," which produced, yowls 
from the N. Y. Strand customers 
on Wednesday. By airmail special 
delivery, the studio rushed a re- 
serve replacement dip - changing 
the line to "McKinley to Truman," 
The topical Broadway legit show, 
VMake Mine Manhattan," also had 
to revise the lyrics of one num- 
ber, "It Was Better in the Good 
Old Days." The first version went, 
■'When Pola Negri was fashion and 
Truman was haberdashin'." The 
second -one came abreast of the 
times with "the Country proved 
what we suspected, a Republican 
Just can't get elected." 

All those wood barriers on the 
Times Square store windows elec- 
tion night were put up for nothing. 
The' crowds stayed at home and 
Times Square was as populated as 



Pitkin avenue.' Some gave tele- 
vision as the reason and others 
said it was the general public 
apathy. It couldn't have been the 
weather, becauser it didn't rain, 
and as Meyer Berger of the N. Y. 
Times, put it, it wasn't even 
"dewy." 

Americans may like the under- 
dog but they like' a winner better. 
When "The Truman Story," a 10- 
minute biog of the President, 
played the theatres before the elec- 
I tion^ audience reaction was slight, 
i The short was revived on Wednes- 
day at several Broadway newsreel 
I theatres and then Truman received 
i an ovation. ■.■ 

The Gacs 
1 Gags galore. Milton Berle's new 
; theme song for Truman^"used to 
be 'Missouri Waltz,' ^ .changed to 
1 'It's Magic!." Comedians -aplenty 
I had to rewrite beaucoup: Dewey 
I jokes: Joe E. Lewis openly cracked 
some: slightly .indigo nifties about 
I Gallup's polls. His opening crack at 
I his Copacabana, N. Y., premiere 
! was that he was "glad to see so 
I many fellow-Bepub . i . . er, Demo- 
crats here;" that he threw out 
, jokes about Margaret TrUman 
[ throwing away her orchestrations; 
kayoed a flock of Dewey gags, etc. 
' Herbert Wilcox, the British pro- 
! ducer-directori who arrived on the 
1 26*our delayed Queen Elizabeth 
I ( f ogbou nd in N; Y. harbor ) with 
t his wife, Anna Neagle, : and Sir 
Arthur Jarratt, managing director 
of the British Lion compaqy, re- 
ported that "he and Joe Seidelman: 
were : the: only two : Democrats, 
aboard. Latter, head of Universal's/ 
foreign operations, arrived with his 
wife. Wilcox stated cocky GOPers 
offered up to 60-1 on Dewey, as 
the Elizabeth was steaming toward 
the U. Sj Tuesday, evening, and 
because of the: odds many British- 
ers who didn't, know or. care enough 
about it, but couldn't resist that 
price, took wagers. • There were 
plenty of relatively small bets, ac- 
cordingly — excepting to the losers 
when a pound note meant over a 
$200 deficit 



New York Ikatm 



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' i><i<iriOp«iimA.M- CAPITOL' 



-— RADIO CITY MUSIC HAll - 

RQckflf«ller Center , : T 

JOAN FONTAINE • JAMES STEWARlT 

• "You Gotta Stay Happy" X 

II : EDDIE ALBERT t 

, , A WILLIAM DOZIER PRESENTATION J 
; A UNIVERSAL-INTERNATIONAl: PICTURET 
, .SrECTACULAR STAGE PRE8ENTATI0M T 



ReX' : Linda Rudy Barbara. 
HARRISON DARN ELt. VALLEE LAWRENCE 

"Unfaithfully Yours" 

• . ■ • A 2Mli C»iit«ry-Fcx Picture : 

ON VARIETY: STAGE^PETER LIND HAYES 

MARY'HEALY - .JACK COLE aad Dancera 

: Oft .IM Stane^'TIEStA" ' . 
Starring ARNOLD SHOPA - iOAN HYLDOFT 



aotb St. 



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IMn, F. ZMKI HHHtl 

OLIVIA de HAVILUND 



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INGRID BERGMAN 



LUMHMMk COLOR BY TECHNICOIOR 
vVlvIlHW I our or TwousANos 

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i Newspapers, Mags Went 
Out on That Limb, Also 

The way the pollsters went out 
on a limb in last week's presiden- 
tial election is as nothing compared 
to the comedy of errors staged by: 
the newspaper world in wrong- 
guessing President Truman's vic- 
tory. The bulls actually started 10 
days before the election, when Ijife 
magazine ran a picture of Gov. 
Dewey in California, with the cap^ 
tion: ''Our Next Pre